Showers to hit Central Florida this weekend

Orlando yearly rain deficit stands at 4.75 inches

ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida was hit by thunderstorms on Friday. Lightning strikes were also spotted in Osceola County.

There will be a 60% coverage of rain on Saturday.

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Orlando received 0.10 inches of rain on Thursday, putting the city’s rain deficit at 4.75 inches since Jan. 1.

Pinpointing the tropics

Friday marks the peak of hurricane season, and weather officials are tracking four systems in the tropics.

Post Tropical Cyclone Mindy, once a Tropical Storm that made landfall in Florida, was packing 35 mph winds early Friday about 285 miles east of South Carolina.

Mindy will continue to trek east into the open Atlantic.

Larry, meanwhile, was spinning as a Category 1 hurricane about 85 miles west of Bermuda.

Larry, once a monster hurricane, has sustained winds of 80 mph and was moving north-northeast at 47 mph.

Larry is bringing strong rip currents to Florida’s beaches but will not directly impact the United States.

Elsewhere, the northern portion of a tropical wave is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over Honduras, the western Caribbean Sea and portions of the Yucatan Peninsula.

The system is forecast to move into the Bay of Campeche and merge with a pre-existing surface trough over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico by this weekend.

Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive to support gradual development, and a tropical depression could form Sunday or Monday before the system moves onshore along the western Gulf of Mexico coast.

The National Hurricane Center said the wave has a 80% chance of tropical development over the next five days.

And lastly, a strong tropical wave is expected to emerge off the west coast of Africa later Friday.

It will likely strengthen into a tropical depression by early next week as it moves west-northwestward over the far eastern Atlantic near the Cabo Verde Islands.

The NHC said it has a 70% chance of development over the next five days.

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The next named storm will be called Nicholas.

Hurricane season runs through November.

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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.