Central Florida had several warnings on storms with heavy rain, gusty wind, and hail.
- Tornado watch for all of Central Florida till 7 p.m.
- Large hail reported across the region
- Storms took out power to about 10,000 Tuesday afternoon
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All of Central Florida was under a tornado watch for most of the day Tuesday. The tornado watch was in effect until 7 p.m. for Volusia, Marion, Lake, Sumter, Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Flagler counties.
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8:20 p.m. update
A front will drop south overnight and we’ll clear out and be much quieter for Wednesday.
Expect a lot more sunshine for the rest of the week with cooler temperatures. Highs will be around 70 degrees through Friday before warming to around 80 degrees this weekend.
Showers will end early, then we'll see a gradual clearing as we head toward daybreak. Winds will be breezy through the overnight hours as drier and cooler air moves in. Temperatures will fall into the mid to low 50s with some spots in the upper 40s.
Plenty of sunshine is in store for Wednesday as strong winds usher in some drier air. The high winds and dry weather will create a fire danger risk. Temperatures will be cooler, only reaching the upper 60s to low 70s.
Winds will be high for mid-week, so beach and boating conditions will be rough. A Small Craft Advisory has been issued.
6:15 p.m. update
The tornado watch is still in effect for all of Central Florida until 7 p.m.
Though up to egg-sized hail fell in Volusia in the past hour, the severe thunderstorm warnings have been canceled.
5:32 p.m. update
Volusia County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 6 p.m. At this time, the storm is over DeLand airport, near De Leon Springs, and moving northeast at 55 mph.
The storm could produce wind gusts of up to 70 mph. Expect some wind and hail damage to trees and structures.
Locations in the path of the storm include Daytona Beach, Port Orange, DeLand, Ormond Beach and South Daytona.
Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Holly Hill could see baseball-sized hail shortly.
5:30 p.m. update
In Brevard County, there were reports of pea-sized hail in the north and central portions of the county, in the cities of Cocoa, Rockledge and unincorporated Merritt Island. The storm moved over the beachside areas and into the Atlantic. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
— Reporter Greg Pallone
5:27 p.m. update
In downtown Sanford, the rain has stopped, and the sun even popped out for a little while at the Sanford waterfront — giving people who work in the area a chance to leave work and make it home.
From about 2 to 4 p.m., Seminole County residents near Sanford City Hall saw light rain, some wind and lots of lightning and thunder.
“It went by pretty quickly, so I’m happy it’s gone. Well, for now, so we’ll see," said Jose Ortiz, a motorcyclist who was passing city hall during the worst of the storms and said the rain felt like needles hitting him while he was on his bike. "Luckily, we didn’t get any tornadoes here — I was watching the news earlier — and other places looked pretty bad —especially up north.”
With the continued threat of severe weather through the evening, some city offices like Oviedo closed earlier this afternoon. All meetings this evening at Sanford City Hall were canceled.
— Reporter Jeff Allen
5 p.m. update
A fire at an Orange County nursery thought to have been ignited by a lightning strike has been knocked down by county firefighters.
The blaze happened in a single-wide trailer at Lee's Tree's Nursery on the 1000 block of Piedmont Wekiwa Road on Tuesday afternoon. A deputy driving by spotted smoke and called firefighters.
The nursery was closed at the time due to the inclement weather. No one was hurt.
4:40 p.m. update
Flagler County is now under a severe thunderstorm warning.
The storm is moving quickly northeast at about 60 mph. Locations in the path include Palm Coast, Flagler Bech Bunnell and Marineland.
Expect possible hail damage to vehicles.
The Villages, Eustis, Leesburg and northern Lake County is currently seeing a lot of heavy rain.
At Orlando International Airport, departure traffic is currently under gate holds and taxi delays of between 30-45 minutes, the Federal Aviation Administration says. Arrival traffic is seeing delays of about 15 minutes.
4:14 p.m. update
We're getting in our first reports of power outages across Central Florida.
There are 1,685 Orlando Utilities Commission customers without power at this time, the utility reports.
Thousands of Duke Energy customers are without power: 4,631 in Orange alone. A total of 5,076 Duke customers are without power, the company says.
About 3,900 Florida Power & Light customers in Brevard, Seminole and Volusia counties are without power.
3:35 p.m. update
Brevard County beaches have been closed because of storms and lightning in the area, according to Brevard Ocean Rescue officials. Lifeguards are flying a double red flag.
A severe thunderstorm warning has also been issued for parts of Brevard until 4:30 p.m.
3 p.m. update
Orange County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 3:45 p.m. A severe storm was located near the Windermere, Dr. Phillips and International Drive areas. Quarter-sized hail has been reported.
Wind gusts of up to 60 mph and damage to roofs, siding and trees are possible.
2:50 p.m. update
Orlando International Airport is in a ground stop, per the Federal Aviation Administration, because of the storm. Check the FAA's flight delay website for updates.
2:40 p.m. update
The tornado warning has been extended for Orange and parts of Seminole County until 3 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning is also in effect in Lake County until 3 p.m..
2 p.m. update
A tornado warning has been issued for Orange, Lake and Sumter counties.
The warning will last until 2:30 p.m.
A severe storm moving between 40 to 50 mph is over Mascotte, Clermont and Ocoee and heading east toward Orlando. Spectrum News 13's meteorologists are seeing rotation in the clouds.
If you're in the area of eastern Lake County and western Orange County, you are urged to get away from exterior windows and head toward an interior room of your home.
The storm is producing frequent lightning strikes, and there's the possibility of hail.
1:50 p.m. update
Severe thunderstorm warnings for Marion and Sumter counties have been canceled, but a strong, quickly moving storm is over eastern Lake County.
A cell producing heavy rain and storms is over Mascotte, Clermont and Minneola at this time.
The storm is moving east at more than 40 mph.
1:30 p.m. update
Severe thunderstorm warnings has been issued for parts of Marion, Sumter and Lake counties.
The warning for Sumter lasts until 2 p.m. and will last until 2:15 p.m. for Marion and Lake.
Marion cities and towns in the path of this storm include Silver Springs Shores, Weirsdale, Lake Weir and Ocala. In Lake, the storm was about 11 miles southwest of Mascotte, moving rapidly east at about 45 mph. Other cities in Lake in the path include Groveland, Clermont and Lake Louisa.
There's the possibilty of wind gusts up to 60 mph and quarter-sized hail. Expect very heavy rain and wind damage.
Because of today's severe weather, Marion County Public Schools has canceled all outdoor events after school.
However, Extended Day services indoors will operate on normal business hours.
Sumter County Schools have not canceled classes, but officials said parents can come get their children if they want.
Lake County Schools are on spring break.
— Reporter Sarah Panko, Spectrum News 13 Meteorologists
Parts of Volusia County were under a tornado warning until 10:30 a.m., including Port Orange, Daytona Beach and Daytona Beach Shores. After that expired, roughly the same area was under a severe thunderstorm warning until 11 a.m. The rain was significant, and there were dozens of lightning strikes reported in the area.
More than 50 mph winds were possible for the area.
Volusia County Fire Rescue said it had no callouts for damage as of 11:20 a.m.
A small craft advisory is in effect with gale-force winds possible over the water.
The showers and storms will likely give way to a stronger line of thunderstorms pushing across the Florida peninsula Tuesday afternoon.
An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Highs ahead of the front will reach the low 80s. Winds from the southwest will be gusty throughout the day, over 25 to 30 mph at times.
The threat for severe weather will diminish by evening as the front pushes into the Atlantic. Cooler and drier air will quickly arrive behind the front; overnight, skies will clear as lows fall to the 50s.
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Winds will range between 15 to 20 knots from the southwest with higher gusts. In the surf zone, a small east trade swell will keep wave heights nearly flat.
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