Storms bring heavy rain, lightning to parts of Central Florida

Florida in cone of tropical disturbance that could become next named storm

Grill & Chill forecast -- 7/28/20
Grill & Chill forecast -- 7/28/20

ORLANDO, Fla. – While all eyes are on the tropics right now as forecasters monitor what could become our next named storm of the hurricane season, storms back home are bringing heavy rain, thunder and lightning to parts of Central Florida.

Rain chances ramp up to 70% Tuesday in Central Florida, with highs in the mid-90s. The average high on this date is 92. The record high is 101, set in 1936.

The chance of rain will be 60% Wednesday before dipping to 30% from Thursday through Saturday.

Orlando has a yearly rain deficit of 2.71 inches, although there’s been a surplus of 3.35 inches since June 1.

Tropical disturbance has Florida in its cone -- 5 p.m. advisory
Tropical disturbance has Florida in its cone -- 5 p.m. advisory

Pinpointing the tropics

A tropical disturbance approaching the Windward Islands has a very good chance to become a named storm, and the National Hurricane Center’s forecast cone shows Florida directly in its projected path.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the area of low pressure was about 510 miles east southeast of the Leeward Islands, moving west at 23 mph.

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“This system does not have a well-defined center of circulation -- yet,” News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. “Environmental conditions are expected to become somewhat more conducive to become a tropical storm later Tuesday.”

The next named storm will be called Isaias.

“Regardless of development, heavy rain and gusty winds are likely across the Leeward Islands on Wednesday and will spread westward to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by Wednesday night and Thursday,” Bridges said.

Computer models show the system heading toward Florida and the Bahamas by the weekend.

Computer models.

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About the Authors:

From chasing tornadoes and tracking the tropics, to forecasting ice storms and other dangerous weather, Troy Bridges has covered it all! Troy is an award-winning meteorologist who always prepares you for the day ahead on the News 6 Morning News.

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