Storms move through Central Florida; tornado watch expires

No serious damage after rain, high winds, lightning strike Orlando area

ORLANDO, Fla. – A line of strong storms passed through Central Florida late Thursday into Friday morning, bringing the threat of severe weather and power outages to the region, although no serious damage was reported.

Several severe weather warnings were issued in Central Florida, but a tornado watch for the entire region expired early Friday.

A line of strong storms produced wind gusts of 60 mph Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. A 61 mph wind gust went by the University of Florida football stadium, officials said.

Storms went by the downtown Orlando area around midnight before passing through southern Brevard County around 2 a.m. Friday.

The storm line pushed across the Florida peninsula toward the southeast throughout the night.

NWS meteorologists said the storm will sweep offshore of Martin and Saint Lucie Counties later Friday morning.

After the storms, News 6 chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells said the weather focus will be on a cooldown.

The line of storms could produce wind gusts of 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service. (WKMG)

Highs in the Orlando area will be in the mid-60s Friday.

There’s no chance of rain over the weekend, with highs back in the 70s.

Mid-80s are expected by the middle of next week.

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