TRACK, MODELS, MORE: Tropical Storm Eta prompts warnings in Central Florida
Several Central Florida counties are under tropical storm warnings. The system now has a 90% chance of becoming the 30th named storm. Never before have three named storms been twirling at the same time this late in the year, Klotzbach said. The overall message is that everyone in the area should pay attention to Eta, Brennan said. And if you think when hurricane season formally ends on Nov. 30, this will all stop, that’s not necessarily the case.
Officials announce changes to COVID-19 testing site in Orlando
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Officials announced changes to the coronavirus state testing site in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. This helps health workers when temps hit 100 degrees or when it rains. COVID-19 tests and antibody tests are free and anyone can get one. The DOH has also reported 41,374 hospitalizations and 12,642 COVID-19 deaths. Health officials said 4.9 million COVID-19 tests have been administered in the state.
High heat and Hurricane Isaias: Here’s what to expect this weekend in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – As Florida awaits the weekend impacts of Hurricane Isaias, it will be a scorcher -- and mostly dry -- Friday in the Orlando area. Impacts across Central Florida appear to be low, with the biggest risk occurring right along the coast. Rain will be heavy at times and winds will be the strongest within Isaias' outer rain bands. It will not rain all weekend, but some of the rain bands can be nasty for a short time. Tropical downpours containing heavy rain and gusty winds will still be possible, just less widespread.
Strong storms rip through Central Florida; beautiful weekend on tap
ORLANDO, Fla. – Strong storms passed through Central Florida overnight, and now a beautiful weekend awaits. There were several severe weather warnings issued, including a tornado warning in Osceola County, but there were no reports of serious damage. A tornado watch issued for the entire region expired at 3 a.m. Friday. The high temperature in Orlando on Thursday was 88, one degree shy of the record set in 1923. Overnight lows will dip into the 40s across Central Florida.