Strong storms strike Central Florida

Severe thunderstorm, tornado warnings issued for parts of Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla.UPDATE: A tornado warning that was in effect for parts of Central Florida has expired. 

The National Weather Service issued the warnings for southwestern Orange and northwestern Osceola counties shortly after 5 p.m. They expired at 5:45 p.m.

The Florida Department of Transportation said a large tree fell over the railroad tracks between the Tupperware statiion and the Kissimmee Amtrak station.

Crews said at least three trains can not get no farther south than the station at Tupperware.

Two trains can't advance north of Kissimmee, according to crews. 

The NWS also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southwestern Orange and northwestern Osceola counties until 6 p.m.

A picture from a News 6 viewer shows a dark sky and storm clouds near Universal in Orlando around the time the warnings were in effect.

Storm clouds form over Universal Orlando. (Image: Logan Souza)


Storms, some of which could be severe, will bring more rain to Central Florida on Wednesday.

"We are pinpointing the chance for showers and storms into the afternoon, with a high coverage once again at 70%," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. 

Orlando will reach a high near 91 degrees, which is the average high on this date.

Rain chances drop to 30% Thursday and 20% Friday and Saturday.

Highs will be in the low 90s.

Orlando had 0.46 inches of rain Tuesday, giving the city a yearly rain deficit of 0.16 inches.

"There is currently nothing to watch in the tropics," Bridges said.

Hurricane season runs through November. The next named storm will be called Barry.

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