SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. - A slow-moving Tropical Depression Beryl continues to pull rain into Central Florida on Tuesday afternoon, drenching areas of the region.
Rain and possible lightning hit Central Florida on Tuesday afternoon. Meteorologist Julie Broughton said strong storms in southwest Marion County were producing winds of 45-55 mph Tuesday afternoon. Thunderstorms are also sparking in southern Brevard County because of the seabreeze developing, bringing lots of lightning and heavy rain.
"We can't rule out that potential for more thunderstorms," Broughton said. Radar shows heavy rains across Osceola County near the theme parks through the evening.
Surf, dangerous surf conditions, including rip currents, are still possible along the coast from northeastern Florida to North Carolina Tuesday night.
A tornado warning was issued for Sumter County expired at 5 a.m., but no severe damage was reported.
"We are tapping into a lot of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico," said meteorologist Troy Bridges. "Many areas in Central Florida can expect to see a lot of rain."
Heavy rains drenched Sumter and Lake counties early Tuesday, and there were reports of minor flooding in Marion County. Counties to the south of that region, including Orange, Seminole and Volusia, received moderate rainfall later in the morning.
Rain chances decrease as the week moves on, with highs hovering near 92 degrees and lows near the mid-70s. Temperatures will range with a high of 90 degrees and a low of 77 degrees on Wednesday. Forecasters predict a 40 percent chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday and a 30 percent chance of rain Friday.
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