Cristobal threatens severe afternoon storms in central Florida


ORLANDO, Florida. – Now a tropical depression, former Tropical Storm Cristobal moves overland Monday, bringing with it the threat of severe storms every afternoon for the next two days in central Florida with the risk of tornadoes and strong wind gusts.

Cristobal weakened into a low early Monday after flooding the Louisiana coast and causing treacherous weather along much of the U.S. Gulf Coast, sending waves crashing onto Mississippi beaches, inundating parts of an island town in Alabama and spawning multiple tornadoes in Florida.

Cristobal packs winds up to 40 mph.

Expect 60% rain cover Monday and Tuesday with chances of rain up to 70% Wednesday and 50% Thursday.

The chance of rain remains at 40% for Friday and Saturday and 50% on Sunday.

Expect a high of 92 on Monday with temperatures nearing triple digits 105 degrees.

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The risk of strong to severe thunderstorms begins after 2 p.m. for Monday afternoon. Over the weekend, the National Weather Service in Melbourne confirmed at least three tornadoes in Orlando.

“We can’t rule out a few rotating storms that lead to tornadoes as we’ve seen over the past two days,” News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

Sunday in Orlando, the maximum temperature was 86 degrees. The Sunday record was 98 degrees set in 1927.

“We officially saw 1.04 inches of rain yesterday, putting our deficit at 3.48 inches since Jan. 1,” Bridges said.

The average high for today is 91. The record is 99 in 1985.

Rain will continue tonight in central Florida.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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