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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