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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
636 PM EDT MON AUG 31 2009

FLZ045-053-144-312315-
ORANGE-OSCEOLA-SOUTHERN LAKE COUNTY-
636 PM EDT MON AUG 31 2009

...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTING SOUTHWEST LAKE COUNTY...WESTERN
ORANGE COUNTY...NORTHWESTERN OSCEOLA COUNTY...

AT 632 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
STRONG STORM 5 MILES NORTHWEST OF MAGIC KINGDOM...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT
10 MPH. OTHER STRONG STORMS WERE DEVELOPING RAPIDLY WITH A POSSIBLE
LINE FORMING FROM NEAR SANFORD SOUTHWESTWARD INTO WESTERN ORANGE
COUNTY. IF NECESSARY A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING MAY BE ISSUED.

LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF THESE STRONG STORMS INCLUDE ANIMAL
KINGDOM...BAY HILL...DOCTOR PHILLIPS...WINDERMERE...AND LAKE BUENA
VISTA.

THE PRIMARY THREAT WILL BE FREQUENT TO EXCESSIVE CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING STRIKES AND GUSTY WINDS OF 45 TO 55 MPH...WHICH CAN CAUSE
UNSECURED OBJECTS TO BLOW AROUND...SNAP TREE LIMBS OR CAUSE POWER
OUTAGES. HEAVY RAINFALL WILL TEMPORARILY REDUCE VISIBILITY. SEEK
SHELTER INDOORS UNTIL THE STORM PASSES.

A BRIEF PERIOD OF SMALL HAIL...PEA TO DIME SIZE...WILL ALSO BE
POSSIBLE IN LOCALIZED AREAS.

THIS STORM WILL ALSO BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING EXCESSIVE LIGHTNING
STRIKES...DEFINED AS 12 OR MORE CLOUD TO GROUND STRIKES PER MINUTE.
SEEK SHELTER IN AN ENCLOSED BUILDING OR HARD TOPPED AUTOMOBILE. OPEN
SHELTERS FOUND IN PARKS...ON BEACHES OR GOLF COURSES OFFER NO
PROTECTION FROM THE DANGERS OF LIGHTNING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL CAN BE EXPECTED...CAUSING TEMPORARY PONDING ON
SOME ROADS AND MINOR FLOODING OF POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. MOTORISTS
SHOULD SLOW DOWN IN HEAVY RAINFALL TO REDUCE THE RISK OF HYDROPLANING
AND LEAVE SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN OTHER VEHICLES.
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