November 25, 2009

Travel-Disrupting Florida Storms Followed by Cool Blast

Drenching showers and potentially damaging storms in Florida today will create hazards like flooding, while causing delays on the biggest travel day of the year.

A big wave of chilly air will follow the storms during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Heavy bursts of rain and dangerous lightning will be the biggest threats of the storms today.

The heaviest storms could dump several inches of rain from Orlando and Tampa to Miami. Localized flash flooding could occur in a few low-lying and poor drainage areas.

Enough rain can fall to cause delays at airports today and slow-downs on Interstates 4, 75 and 95.

Any storm that develops could also produce dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

On Tuesday evening, a 10-year-old boy was struck by lightning in Alachua County, Fla. Fortunately, he survived without any serious injuries.

A few of the storms will be capable of producing locally damaging wind gusts.

The rain could put a damper on plans at Busch Gardens, Walt Disney World, or Sea World Dry, Canadian air charging southeastward form the Midwest over Thanksgiving Day will reach Florida Friday and Saturday.

While sunshine will return, temperatures will be about 10 degrees below average for late November.

A jacket is recommended for visitors and residents spending the Thanksgiving weekend in Florida.

Highs in northern areas will be held to the lower 60s in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Temperatures will be closer to 70 in Ft. Lauderdale and as far south as Key West.

By Meghan Evans

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