Thursday, June 12, 2014

Leesburg International Airport (KLEE), Florida

Dangerous thunderstorms are blasting parts of Central Florida right now.

The National Weather Service issued a severe-thunderstorm warning for parts of Osceola, Seminole, Orange, Brevard and Volusia counties.

A line of storms capable of producing hail and strong wind gusts are passing over from Edgewater to Lake Nona moving east at 25 mph.

Areas in the path of the storm include Bay Hill, Belle Isle, Doctor Phillips and Fairview Shores. The storm is moving toward Apollo beach, Bethune Beach and Canaveral Groves.

A significant weather advisory is in effect for Osceola, Lake and Orange counties.

Bad storms already passed over downtown Orlando and the Leesburg International Airport.

Airport manager Leo Treggi said it rained "really bad" this afternoon – "just like yesterday and the day before yesterday."

"When we have a big storm we usually secure all the aircraft and put as many of them inside the hangars as we can," Treggi said. "Ones that can't be in there or if there's no room available, they [staff] secure them as best they can, as far as tying them down."

Rain, hail and lightning will hammer metro Orlando this afternoon.

Central Florida residents should prepare now for hazardous weather.

Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.

Shutter windows and secure outside doors. Seek shelter if you are outside.

The National Weather Service offers these additional safety tips:

•Avoid contact with corded phones and devices including those plugged into electric for recharging.

•Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.

•Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.

•Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.

•Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

•If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park.

Tonight, after the storms pass, temperatures will dip to a low near 72 degrees. Scattered showers should end before midnight.

Friday: A high near 92 degrees with 40 percent chance of storms in the afternoon.

Saturday: A high near 92 degrees with a 50 percent chance of afternoon storms.


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