Apartment building roof damaged as storms hit Leesburg, police say

Severe thunderstorm warnings issued in Central Florida


ORLANDO, Fla. – The roof of an apartment building in Leesburg has been damaged, prompting evacuations, as severe thunderstorms moved through the region on Friday afternoon, according to police.

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Leesburg police say the storm damage was reported at a mostly vacant apartment building on West Dixie Highway just before 4:30 p.m. Police say all residents were accounted for and some have been evacuated and relocated, fire officials said.

No injuries were reported, but officials say when a tree toppled onto the apartment, a hive with thousands of bees fell with it. A beekeeper is on scene.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning in Osceola, Marion and Lake counties on Friday afternoon. Weather advisories were also issued in Orange, Seminole and Polk counties as a strong line of thunderstorms approached the region.

"These storms are moving southeast at 15 mph," said Local 6 Chief Meteorologist Tom Sorrells.

Meanwhile, rain chances will be at 40 percent through Sunday.

"Moisture will increase into the atmosphere through the end of the week and the upcoming weekend," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "Afternoon high temperatures will be right on target, with average highs at 90 degrees or very close to it through the end of the week. The rain through the weekend will be all a result of the east coast seabreeze pushing in."

Rain chances stay at 40 percent into next week, with highs close to the average of 90 degrees.

The beach forecast includes a moderate rip current risk and seas up to 3 feet.