Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency for twenty-four counties across Florida including Osceola County, which holds portions of Walt Disney World, as Tropical Depression Nine seems on track to slam into Florida in the coming days.
“The severity and track of Tropical Depression 9 will continue to evolve. Because of this and the potential for dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, strong winds, flash flooding, and the potential for isolated tornadic activity,” per a statement from the Governor’s office.
The following twenty-four counties are impacted: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and St. Lucie.
“This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to make their preparations,” he said. “We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to track potential impacts of this storm.” Gov. DeSantis said today.
The Orlando Sentinel reports it’s likely this storm would be named Hurricane Ian, and could be as strong as a Category 3 storm.
The portions of Walt Disney World within Osceola County are Disney’s All-Star Resorts and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.