Expect stormy weather on Friday

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management issued a warning Thursday night urging Floridians from Tampa northward to use caution Friday as a storm system moves across North Florida, bringing significant rainfall, potentially damaging storms and flood risks to the area.

Two to five inches of rain are forecast through Saturday morning and a flood watch is in effect for North Central Florida. River flood warnings have been issued for 11 of Florida's rivers -- including the Santa Fe and Suwannee. Gusty winds and hail are also possible, officials said.

Among counties included in the warning are Alachua, Columbia, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Suwannee and Taylor.

The National Weather Service forecasts a 100 percent chance of rain, sometimes heavy, for Friday, with a 90 percent chance of rain forecast for Friday night.

While the rain chance is 40 percent during the day on Saturday, the skies should clear and the rains stop by Saturday night, with a low around 55. That should set up a beautiful Easter Sunday, with North Central Florida's forecast calling for mostly sunny with a high near 75 degrees and a low Sunday night again in the mid-50s.

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