Threat of thunderstorms, 50 mph winds as cold front moves across Central Florida

Threat of thunderstorms, 50 mph winds as cold front moves across Central Florida

A cold front moving toward Central Florida brings the threat of thunderstorms.(WDT) Just after 1 p.m., the National Weather Service sent out a special weather statement for a pocket of thunderstorms that formed near Mascotte and was moving over central Lake and northwest Orange counties in the next hour. At 1:08 p.m., Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm moving east northeast at 25 mph with the potential for wind gusts up to 55 mph that could affect Apopka, Eustis, Tavares, Mount Dora and Groveland. Later this afternoon, the bigger front of storms moving across North Florida will bring more showers and lightning storms, the NWS said. These would move over Central Florida starting around 3 p.m. moving rapidly east at 35 to 40 mph with more potential for winds over 50 mph with frequent lightning, torrential downpours, and small hail. Rain will continue into the evening and overnight, but bring cooler temperatures on Thursday with a high of 70 and low of 64.

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