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Severe Storms to Accompany Rain in Florida

While heavy rain drenches the Southeast from Alabama to the Carolinas, portions of Florida will be in the path of severe thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms are forecast to develop throughout the day Friday and continue into the evening with the greatest chance of severe storms coming in the afternoon and early evening hours.

A few of the cities in the path of these storms include Orlando, Tampa, Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, Port Saint Lucie, Cape Coral and Naples.

Damaging winds will be the main threat from these storms with winds strong enough to blow over trees and knock over power lines.

However, some of the stronger storms may have the potential to produce large hail or even a few brief tornadoes.

If you have plans to be in the outdoors, you should keep an eye to the sky for quick-changing weather as storms may develop with very little notice.

Lightning is one of nature's most dangerous weather phenomenon with more lightning-related deaths in Florida than any other state in the country.

If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter until the storm passes.

Settled weather is set to gradually return to the Sunshine State heading into the weekend.

A few showers and thunderstorms may linger around into Saturday, but these storms are not expected to be strong enough to produce any severe weather.