ORLANDO, Fla. – A low pressure area will continue to pump tropical moisture to Central Florida for the rest of the week.
The system moves along the west side of Florida, but it now has less chance of developing, hurricane officials said.
"The hurricane center has now reduced the chance that this system will develop into something tropical or subtropical," said news meteorologist Troy Bridges. "Remember that a subtropical storm is a storm that adopts both tropical and non-tropical systems."
The hurricane center said the system has a 20 percent chance of further development over the next two days and a 30 percent chance over the next five days.
"That does not mean that we will not see much rain over the next few days," said Bridges. "We could see more than 8 inches before everything is said and done in parts of Central Florida."
Orlando has seen 7 inches of rain this year, 5.27 inches below normal. There is a deficit of 1
Melbourne set a daily rain record of 1.94 inches on Monday, reaching 1.77 inches, which fell in 1969.
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Orlando saw a high of 76 on Monday. The average high is 88.
"Expert highs in the mid-'80s by the end of the week, with rain chances at 70 percent each day," said Bridges. "The biggest threat will be in Central Florida, although we can not rule out one or two isolated waterspouts."
A tornado landed on Merritt Island on Monday, causing some damage.
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The Florida Division of Emergency Management said that when thunderstorms threatened the Residents follow these safety tips:
- Make sure your NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is turned on and programmed for your region, or stay with a trusted local media channel for the most up-to-date weather conditions.
- Make sure your emergency kit is prepared and follow all instructions from local authorities.
- Do you know what you would do in the event of a heavy thunderstorm or tornado guard or warning.
- If a tornado alert is issued for your area, seek protection immediately in an interior, away from windows.
- When thunder thunders, go into the house. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and seek protection immediately.
- Be aware that flooding can happen. If there is a possibility for a flash flood, go immediately to the higher level. Do not wait for instructions to move.
- Watch for streams, drainage canals, canyons and areas known to flood. Floods can occur in these areas without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
- Never drive through flooded streets, as roadbeds can be washed out under flood water, and only one foot of fast flowing floodwater can move most cars off the road.
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