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Central Florida could see up to 11 inches of rain

System in Gulf might dump deluge in Orlando area

ORLANDO, Fla. – A flood watch has been issued through Friday for coastal counties in Central Florida, and a system in the Gulf could drench inland areas with up to 11 inches of rain by Saturday.

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The flood watch was issued early Thursday and is effective through Friday for Brevard, Volusia and Flagler counties.

"An area of low pressure in the Gulf will cross over Florida through tomorrow, bringing round of tropical downpours, gusty winds and lightning," said News 6 Chief Meteorologist Tom Sorrells. 

Computer models show that a system currently in the Gulf that has the potential for tropical development after it crosses the Florida peninsula will bring nearly 9 inches of rain to the Orlando area and 11 inches to the Sanford area from Thursday through Saturday.

At Bali Hai mobile home park in Orlando, pumps were still pumping standing water from the roads from last week's rain, bringing flooding concerns for more rain Thursday.

In Brevard County, coastal flooding is an issue after severe rain. If you have flooding on your property, you can get sandbags from the sheriff's office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Friday's high temperature will be 87 degrees. Weekend highs will be near 90.

Tracking the Tropics

"We are tracking to areas of low pressure in the tropics," Bridges said.  "One is tropical depression No. 9.  It's staying away from land altogether and likely weakening through the weekend.  The other low will also likely stay away from Florida."


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