Rapidly developing thunderstorms due to boundary collisions have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Significant Weather Advisory for the entire attractions area. The NWS says storms may develop quickly — we saw one pop up over Universal in a matter of about five minutes. Winds up to 40 MPH, heavy rain, and frequent lightning may quickly start as storms form. While not included in the Advisory, fans at Daytona International Speedway will also need to keep an eye on the weather as the evening progresses. Getting the race in tonight could be a challenge.
Special Weather Statement National Weather Service Melbourne FL 450 PM EDT Sat Jul 6 2019 ...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHWESTERN SEMINOLE...ORANGE AND NORTHWESTERN OSCEOLA COUNTIES UNTIL 545 PM EDT... At 445 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated several wind shift boundaries which will collide over the Seminole, Orange and northwest Osceola counties through around 545 pm. As these boundaries collide, numerous thunderstorms will rapidly develop across the area, and produce winds in excess of 40 mph, frequent lightning and torrential rainfall of one to two inches in a short period of time. Locations impacted include... Orlando, Kissimmee, Apopka, Altamonte Springs and Ocoee. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Torrential rainfall will occur with these storms, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Frequent cloud to ground lightning will occur with these storms. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.