Hurricane Ian has grown in strength to a Category 4, nearly a Category 5, as it approaches Florida’s Gulf Coast this morning. As the storm grows closer, weather conditions are worsening in Central Florida, and Orange County is now under a tornado watch.
Hurricane Ian has reached wind forces of 155 mph, just 2 mph away from a Category 5 classification. It is expected to reach Central Florida tonight, but will likely weaken as it crosses land.
As the hurricane approaches, tornadoes are likely. The National Weather Service advises those under the tornado watch to prepare to seek shelter and enact emergency plans. While the area theme parks are closed, guests at resort hotels should take note of the designated shelter spots within their buildings.