Remnants of Isaac to bring rain to Central Florida

Wet weekend forecast for Orlando area

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Remnants of Hurricane Isaac in the northern Gulf of Mexico has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical system and moving over Central Florida by the weekend.

"It's not likely to develop into much more than a tropical depression, but we know it will bring a decent chance of rain this weekend and into next week," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

The storm, located just east of the Mississippi River, would be named Nadine if it continues to develop.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft will fly into the system on Thursday to gather more information.

The Orlando area will see a 40 percent chance of rain on Thursday, with strong storms possible in the afternoon.  The high temperature will reach 92 degrees, with overnight lows in the low to mid-70s.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Leslie, which continues to move northward in the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda, continues to stir up swells, creating rip current dangers for Central Florida beaches.

"There's a high risk of strong rips though the weekend," Bridges said.

Rip currents are strong channels of water that quickly flow back into the ocean.  Swimmers caught in rip currents should remain calm and swim parallel to shore.

Also, Hurricane Michael has strengthened to a Category 3 storm, the first one of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The hurricane is not an immediate threat to land.

Michael's maximum sustained winds increased to 115 mph early Thursday.
Michael is centered about 1,020 miles west-southwest of the Azores and is moving northeast near 7 mph.

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