Strong storms fired up for our Friday afternoon. Some of the storms had high wind, heavy rain and frequent lightning. One of the strong storms that moved across Volusia County actually produced an EF-0 tornado. The tornado touched down at 4:26 p.m., at Massey Ranch Air Park in Edgewater. Damage was reported as winds were estimated between 70-80 mph.
We'll be looking at the potential for more of the strong thunderstorms to develop this afternoon as we move through our Saturday. After a morning of partly sunny skies and a big build in temperatures, activity should manage to build later in the day. Look for highs to climb in to the low- and mid-90s with heat index numbers easily climbing above the 100-degree mark. With those high humidity levels, we'll need to be very careful of excessive lightning tied to storms that come into the picture this afternoon. The strongest will take place once the east coast sea breeze has a chance to develop and push ashore, leading to strong, slow-moving thunderstorms for the eastern half of Central Florida. Ahead of the storms, winds will primarily come from the west-southwest at 5-10 mph.
Rain will quiet down this evening, with partly cloudy skies overnight as low fall back to the mid-70s. Rain chances will back off slightly for Sunday and only a few isolated thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday. The afternoon storms will return for Tuesday and the rest of the week.
In the tropics, an area of low pressure pushing away from the Africa coast is showing some potential for development over the next five days as it travels across the Atlantic basin. The rest of the tropical waters remain quiet.
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