ORLANDO, Fla. – Rain chances continue to be high in Central Florida.
Expect a 70% coverage of rain from Thursday through Saturday. Rain chances will be at 60% on Sunday.
Flood advisories were put into effect for Brevard County until 7:15 p.m. and Orange County until 8:30 p.m. A flood warning was in effect for Flagler County until 8 p.m.
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Expect high temperatures to be right at the average of 90 into the weekend. The record high in Orlando on this date is 99, set in 1920.
Orlando received 0.78 inches of rain on Wednesday, putting the city’s yearly rain deficit at 5.31 inches.
Pinpointing the tropics
Tropical Storm Fiona, the season’s sixth named storm, formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday evening, and forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for several islands.
Tropical Storm Fiona was located about 335 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands, and tropical storm warnings were issued for Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Anguilla, forecasters said.
Tropical Storm watches have been issued for Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
At 11 p.m. EDT on Thursday, the tropical storm was moving west at 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of about 60 mph, forecasters said. Little change in strength is forecast during the next few days.
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Fiona is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with isolated higher amounts across the northern Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola, the hurricane center said. Swells generated by Fiona are expected to begin affecting the northern Leeward Islands by early Friday. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
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“On the forecast track, the center of Fiona is forecast to move through the Leeward Islands late Friday and Friday night, and move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend,” the hurricane center advisory said.
Most computer models show Fiona taking a sharp turn to the north, away from Florida, but it’s too soon to know the storm’s exact path.
The next named storms will be Gaston, Hermine and Ian.
Hurricane season ends Dec. 1.
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