Strong storms bring lightning, heavy rain

Weather stays unsettled in Orlando area through weekend

ORLANDO, Fla – Rounds of heavy rain are moving through Central Florida -- again.

With a disturbance parked over the Gulf of Mexico, tropical moisture continues to surge into Florida.

Severe thunderstorm warnings popped up for parts of Central Florida this afternoon but have since expired.

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Expect scattered thunderstorms to develop west of Orlando through the morning, with storms becoming widespread during the afternoon. A few storms could be strong with an isolated damaging wind gust. Rain will be heavy at times, which could lead to localized flooding, especially in areas that received heavy rain Thursday.

The extra clouds and rain will help keep temperatures relatively cooler, around 90 degrees for the high for most of the region.

The weather pattern will remain unsettled through at least the weekend, with highs in the low 90s.

Beach forecast

It likely won’t be the best beach weekend with scattered storms possible. The rip current risk will also be very high.

Tropics update

Hurricane Earl continues to move away from Bermuda.

Earl is forecast to become a Category 3 hurricane as it moves into the open waters of the North Atlantic.

There are two other tropical waves highlighted by the National Hurricane Center, but there are no immediate threats to Florida or the U.S.

The next named storm will be Fiona.

The peak of hurricane season, which runs through November, is Saturday.

About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.