The National Weather Service has upgraded Central Florida to a Tropical Storm Warning as Hurricane Ian heads toward Florida’s west coast.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm-force winds are expected within 36 hours, but the National Weather Service is predicting the storm conditions to begin late today.
Winds are forecast to reach 25-40 mph with gusts to 55 mph with potential for 74-110 mph. Hurricane force-winds equivalent to a Category 1-2 are expected to arrive Wednesday morning.
There is also an increased tornado risk as well as a flood watch still in effect with 6-10” of rain expected in Orange County.
Hurricane Ian has made landfall in Cuba and is currently expected to arrive on Florida’s west coast as a Category 3 late Wednesday. The current trajectory of the cone puts Central Florida at risk of a Category 1 hurricane arriving on Thursday.
At this time, neither Walt Disney World nor Universal Orlando Resort have made any further operational changes. Stay tuned to WDWNT for further updates.