LIVE RADAR: Storms strike Central Florida as heat index hits 119 in DeLand

Sweltering heat swamps Orlando area

Latest Tracking of tropical systems.

ORLANDO, Fla. – We are pinpointing more extreme heat — and storms — across Central Florida.

A flood advisory was issued for Volusia County and expired at 4:45 p.m. Friday, while a similar advisory for Orange and Seminole counties was in effect until 6:30 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Flagler County before expiring at 2:15 p.m. Friday.

A similar warning issued for Marion County was extended until 4 p.m. and one in Orange County expired at 4:45 p.m. A flood advisory and severe thunderstorm warning were issued for Lake County until 5:15 p.m.

The city of Longwood announced that afternoon thunderstorms have caused flooding along State Road 434, warning drivers to use caution during their evening commute.

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Expect high temperatures in the upper 90s Friday in the Orlando area. On Thursday, Orlando tied the record of 99 degrees, set in 1924.

“Feels like” temperatures will be well into the triple digits Friday afternoon before storms move in, with an 80% coverage of the region. There’s the risk of strong damaging winds, as well as heavy rain and lightning.

The heat index hit 119 degrees in DeLand at 1 p.m., News 6 meteorologist Jonathan Kegges tweeted.

Saturday and Sunday will see highs near 90. The average high in Orlando for this time of year is 91.

Expect rain chances to remain high over the weekend.

Pinpointing the tropics

A tropical wave over the eastern tropical Atlantic continues to produce showers and thunderstorms.

Environmental conditions appear conductive for tropical development over the next few days.

The National Hurricane Center on Friday said the system has a 20% chance of development over the next two days and a 60% chance within the next five days.

The next named storm will be called Bonnie.

Hurricane season runs through November.


About the Author:

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.