Weather forecast: Heavy rains cause flooding, storm damage

By John W. Davis, Mallory Nicholls, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Monday, July 17, 2017, 11:11 PM EDT

Orlando broke a daily record for rainfall Monday, which led to flooding in several counties. Orlando officially recorded over 3 inches of rain, beating a record of 2.47 inches set back in 1950.

  • Storms dropped heavy rain across inland Florida
  • Temperatures will climb to either side of 90
  • Afternoon downpours expected all week
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“I looked out there and I was like wow. It was like a matter of minutes," said St. Cloud homeowner Carl Gonzalez.

Some neighbors are still dealing with the aftermath of flooded streets in Osceola County.

One of the affected areas is near the intersection of Tennessee Avenue and Second Street adjacent to East Lake Toho in St. Cloud.

At first, Carl Gonzalez had no idea what his son was talking about during Monday night's severe weather.

“We just got a koi pond yesterday, and we put some fish in it," Gonzalez explained. "And he says, 'Dad, my fish is going to have a really big pond now,' and I go, 'what are you talking about?' He goes the whole backyard is flooded, and I opened up the back blinds and the whole backyard was flooded."

When Gonzalez stepped outside his home on Tennessee Avenue in St. Cloud, he had to wade through the water to assess the damage.

“It was especially high today, like I said, we had water going into garages, water going into houses, water going in sheds that are elevated off the ground and this isn’t even a hurricane. So that’s something to really worry about," Gonzalez continued.

Across Central Florida, crews were busy cleaning up trees, like one blocking a side street in Sorrento in Lake County.

However, back in St. Cloud, the water is slowly draining along Second Street.

That’s concerning for homeowners who otherwise love their neighborhood.

"Really hope that they care enough about the citizens of St. Cloud, it’s small town life, here to do something about this," Gonzalez said.

Despite it all, neighbors are in relatively good spirits.

“Might go fishing later on over here, who knows," Gonzalez said with a hearty laugh.

Forecast for the week

The east and west coast sea breeze sparked quite a few storms Tuesday afternoon and evening. Some of those storms were strong with frequent lightning and gusty wind. Several locations received a few inches of rain in a short amount of time.

We can expect much the same all week, with daily afternoon and evening downpours and highs close to seasonable levels either side of 90.

As a trough of low pressure digs across the southeast, ample moisture streaming in will allow another active afternoon, with rain chances Tuesday at 60 percent. Strong storms are possible along boundary collisions. Highs climb into the upper 80s and lower 90s.

We’ll stay in our current hot and stormy pattern through Friday, before slightly drier air works in for the weekend.

In the tropics, Tropical Storm Don formed Monday afternoon east of the Lesser Antilles. Don will struggle as it moves west into the Caribbean Sea and not much intensification is expected. The forecast keeps this storm in the southern Caribbean and away from Florida.

There is another disturbance east of Don, but only a low chance for development at this point. 

A small east-southeast trade swell and wave heights around knee high will create poor to fair surfing conditions the next couple days. We’ll have enough of a swell to keep our rip current threat in the moderate category, so be careful if swimming. Sea surface temps are in the upper 70s along the Flagler and Volusia coastline, and lower 80s along the Brevard coastline.

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