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    The latest is that the flooding is fairly widespread, with 14 inches of rain recorded in places (and still falling in some areas). It is really widespread, although the power outages are now 'only' at 50,000 this morning. Up to SIX states are now affected as the heavy rain moves further inland into central Louisiana and Mississippi. New Orleans was spared a direct hit and any further damage to the city, though. Evacuations of flooded areas are ongoing, and the effects of this storm will continue for at least a week, if not multiple weeks. Some of these areas are so low-lying that it doesn't take a lot to flood them, and the amount of rain falling - and swelling the already-overful rivers - is immense.

    Here in Orlando we have enjoyed a completely rain-free weekend - largely thanks to the storm further over in the Gulf - but should get back to the usual pattern of afternoon thunderstorms (with a "30-50% chance") this week, with temps edging back up into the low to mid-90sF. At 10 this morning we are already at 85F/29C, with the Heat Index taking the 'real feel' to 93/34. That's Florida in July, folks...

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    And, sure enough, the 'usual pattern' has re-asserted itself with a vengeance this week, including a couple of really nasty afternoon thunderstorms that have brought a LOT of thunder and lightning, plus some, short, sharp wind gusts that have brought down some trees in places. A house in Windermere was hit by lightning and practically destroyed (https://www.wesh.com/article/winderm...s-say/28441894). Yesterday, we even resorted to turning off all our electrical equipment for a while as the storm was so violent overhead, and there was so much lightning. It really does reinforce the warning to get under cover when these storms threaten.

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    That doesn't sound at all pleasant. Hope you stay safe.
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    Goodness that sounds scary! I would have been hiding somewhere in the house...

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    Susan was trying to take a nap, lol! Needless to say, it didn't work

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    Here's another variation on the summer theme:

    Yesterday's thunderstorm didn't arrive until 5pm, and, for most of the afternoon, it looked set fair. One small thundery shower passed away well to the east and, at 4.55 everything was still bright and sunny. By 5pm it was raining, from one lone cloud that appeared, almost literally out of nowhere, and decided to unload a shower on us. The next thing we know, that one solitary dark cloud has multiplied into a significant storm-front that stretched for more than 50 miles from north-east to south-west and proceded to conjure up a major thunderstorm that dumped an inch of rain on us in little more than an hour and rattled the windows with its thunder. At one stage, the rain was coming in sideways as it gathered strength, and the simple nature of Florida's hot, wet July atmosphere was enough to turn one small shower into a prolonged storm that slowly marched away to the west under what had become the darkest of skies.

    And that's Floida summer in a nutshell - you absolutely never know what you're going to get!

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    It's absolutely mind-boggling that, while our weather pattern here in central Florida, is pretty much close to 'summer normal,' elsewhere in the country, and especially in the northern states and into Canada, they are enduring a massive heatwave that is actually HOTTER than we are right now. Our temps are still around the 90-93 mark, close to the 92 average for July. We started the month at 97/99 (37C) but in a dry spell thanks to a high-pressure system. Since then, the rain and humidity have returned, and that actually makes things a bit cooler overall (we actually dropped as low as 73/22 last night, fully 3 degrees below average!). The amount of cloud (and rain) is pretty much where we'd expect it (about 4-5ins for the month to date, with a usual total of 7.1ins), and so the temperature eases off a little (albeit, it will still be around 98 on the Heat Index).

    Up in Harrisburg, Philadelphia yesterday, the temp hit 99F/37C, with the Heat Index at 107/41.6 thanks to humidity of almost 85%. That's just bonkers hot, but due to a major high pressure system over much of the US (but not here!). Of course, once it cools off (in the next day or 2) they can then expect some severe storms as well!!

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    Yesterday was the first day we didn't get any rain or a thunderstorm in 7 days! Surprisingly, with all the extra cloud and the fairly regular downpours, the temp has actually dropped all week, from a high of 93F/33.8C to just 83/28 at times (and down to 73/22 by early morning). However, with the big low pressure system in the Gulf weakening, there has been less cloud yesterday and today, and the temp is going back up again, with the consequent effect that we'll have things heating up, then creating more moisture, and then more storms in the next 4-5 days. Thus is life in Florida in the summer!

    With just 3 days to go this month, we've had just over 6ins of rain, so well on course for the usual July average, but it certainly feels as if it's been wetter.

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    Did I say 4-5 days?? How about 4-5 HOURS!! Yes, this evening we were sitting quietly outside watching some mild dark cloud build up just to our immediate north-east; and build up, and build up, until, around 7.30 it unleashed a torrent of rain, thunder and lightning for more than an hour, with some of the most continuous lightning we've seen in a while. More than an inch of rain and some serious lightning strikes in and around the area. Florida sure can put on a show!

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    Two houses in the Orange County area were hit by lightning and set on fire this evening. Very sobering.

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