VIDEO: Record rain from Hurricane Ian floods Lake Eola in downtown Orlando

Rain totals surpass 12 inches across Orange County

Rain from Hurricane Ian flooded Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.

ORLANDO, Fla.Hurricane Ian, which downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday, brought historic rain to Central Florida, causing Lake Eola in downtown Orlando to overflow.

News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve went to the city landmark in the morning near the bandshell, where water had flowed onto the stage.

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“You cannot even walk around Lake Eola right now. OPD is out here right now, not stopping anybody, but they are 100% out here making sure that people are paying attention,” he said.

In Orlando, rain totals surpassed 14 inches throughout the hurricane, which prompted numerous flash flood warnings.

Fire rescue crews helped evacuate numerous people due to rising flood waters in various areas of Orange County.

Bob Surrency

Lake Eola and Central

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