Thunderstorm pelting Sanford area with heavy rain and lightning; heading towards Daytona

Weather could delay Coke Zero 400 race under lights at DIS

Sanford thunderstorm as shown on SR 46 / Headline Surfer´Headline Surfer® video by Henry Frederick / A thunderstorm continued to drop heavy rainfall on Sanford as shown in this video shot at 5:15 p.m. Saturday on a stretch of State Road 46, which limited visibility and slowed traffic.

SANFORD -- An intense thunderstorm with heavy rain bands and lightning is passing through the Sanford area here just before 5:30 p.m. and heading towards Daytona Beach where the Coke Zero 400 Spring Cup race under the lights is scheduled later tonight at Daytona International Speedway.

The nationally-televised race is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Thunderstorms have impacted the racing at Daytona with Thursday's evening practices cancelled and the start of Friday night's Nationwide Cracker 250 delayed because of thunderstorms that soaked the track. Only 25,000 people attended that race. The Speedway can accommodate more than a 100,000 racing fans.

There is a 50 percent chance of rain for the scheduled start of the race.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.