Weekend looking clear after storms roll through Central Florida

Weekend highs to be in 70s

Radar image from 1:30 p.m. April 19, 2018.
Radar image from 1:30 p.m. April 19, 2018.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Most Central Florida counties were under severe weather advisories Friday afternoon, including for strong winds and a tornado watch

Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties were all under wind advisories for sustained winds of 30 mph with strong gusts up to 60 mph.

A gust of 52 mph was reported in Leesburg, according to the National Weather Service. A gust of 50 mph was reported in Cocoa.

The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm watches for all Central Florida counties until 10 p.m. Flagler, Lake, Orange, Sumter and Volusia are all under severe thunderstorm warnings.
Damage to roofs, house siding and trees is possible, according to the NWS.

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As the front moves east across the state, some of the warnings and watches are expected to drop off.

The line of storms were also causing flight delays at Orlando International Airport. Arrivals at OIA were delayed an average of 27 minutes and departures were delayed between 31 and 45 minutes because of the storms, according to flight tracker FlightAware.

[COUNTY-BY-COUNTY FORECAST: Weather impacts where you live

"The main threat of severe weather will be strong winds up to 60 mph or greater, hail up to 2 inches in diameter and heavy rain," Bridges said. "The good news is that the system will move fairly quickly, so flooding won't be as big of a concern."

The record rainfall on this date in Orlando is one-half inch.

"We will likely set a daily rainfall record," Bridges said.

The high in Orlando will reach 86, with a 90 percent coverage of rain. The average high on this date is 83.

"There will be a chance for some lingering showers and storms into the night, but by 10 p.m. most of the storms will be pushing out of Central Florida," Bridges said.

Much of Florida was being hit Friday by strong storms that were also creating a threat of tornadoes in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says a tree fell Friday into a house in Woodville south of Tallahassee, killing the girl and injuring a 12-year-old boy.

The office said in a statement that the girl died at the hospital while the boy has non-life-threatening injuries. Their names weren't immediately released.


Weekend highs will be in the mid- to upper 70s, with little chance of rain.

Overnight lows will be in the mid-50s.

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