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A Few Strong Storms Possible Friday in North & Central Florida

The storm system that produced dozens of reports of severe weather across the central Gulf Coast states is weakening as it approaches the Florida peninsula. Nonetheless, a strong thunderstorm or two can't be ruled out Friday afternoon across portions of central and north Florida. Wind gusts up to 50 mph and a few lightning strikes are possible with the strongest cells.


The list below represents the most likely window of time a strong thunderstorm would arrive...

1 to 3 pm: Gainesville/Ocala

2 to 5 pm: Jacksonville/Crystal River

3 to 5 pm: Tampa metro

4 to 8 pm: Sarasota/Orlando/Daytona

The front responsible for the stormy weather will weaken and move into central and south Florida overnight Friday into early Saturday, with only a trailing line or two of showers expected in those areas. Much cooler, drier and more stable air will sweep across the entire state on Saturday and Sunday.

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Jeff Huffman is Chief Meteorologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In addition to his full-time position at the university's radio and television stations, WUFT-FM/TV and WRUF-TV, the latter of which he co-founded, Huffman also provides weather coverage to public radio stations throughout Florida
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