ORLANDO, Fla. - As Tropical Storm Florence continues to move through the Carolinas, Central Florida is feeling the storm's effects on its east coast.
Florence is moving inland slowly. The storm's rain bands continue to batter North and South Carolina, likely bringing flooding in many cities. Prolonged river flooding is expected as the system eventually moves toward the Northeast by the middle of next week.
News 6 meteorologist Danny Treanor said the storm will downgrade to a tropical depression by Sunday.
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"Remember to swim safe and near a lifeguard," News 6 meteorologist Samara Cokinos said. "If you're not a strong swimmer, your best bet is to stay in shallow water or just hang out on the sand."
Melbourne set a new record with 96 degrees, while Sanford tied their old record at 95 degrees and Daytona Beach tied at 94 degrees.
Temperatures will range Saturday night from 74 degrees in Ocala, 75 degrees in Palm Bay and 77 degrees in Orlando.
Rain chances jump back up to 50 percent on Sunday.
"It feels like summer -- expect it to act like summer," Treanor said.
Temperatures will be in the mid-90s.
The upcoming week will see rain chances going down and temperatures remaining above normal.
Florence continues to be a tropical storm, but by Sunday will be down to a tropical depression. Even though the winds have backed down, Florence will produce a lot of rain and potential flooding problems.
Isaac is no more, Joyce will be fizzling out and Helene is heading for Great Britain.
Another area south of Haiti is being watched. It's just clouds and rain at this time.
Next Saturday, fall arrives at 9:54 p.m.
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