Tornado Watch Issued for Walt Disney World Area, In Effect Through 9 p.m. Tonight

Brit Tuttle

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Front of Cinderella Castle and lantern at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Tornado Watch Issued for Walt Disney World Area, In Effect Through 9 p.m. Tonight

A tornado watch has been issued for much of Central Florida by The National Weather Service, including Orange County, where Walt Disney World is located, ahead of expected severe weather this evening.

Tornado Watch In Effect for Walt Disney World Area

The watch is in effect from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. EST on January 9, 2024. The affected counties under the watch include Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia.

Per WESH 2, a tornado watch means that tornadoes are possible, and those in the area should be on alert for approaching storms. A tornado warning is when a tornado has been spotted or indicated by weather radar.

An image of the weather radar for 4:45 p.m. from, detailing the expected rain headed for the Walt Disney World area.
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According to, thunderstorms are possible after 5 p.m., with a 91% chance of rain starting that hour, and staying up around 95-100% through 7 p.m.

In addition, a wind advisory is also in effect for Lake, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Saint Lucie, and Okeechobee Counties. The advisory is in effect from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. EST on January 9. South winds from 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 miles per hour are expected ahead of the severe storms set to arrive later in the day.

Walt Disney World has not updated its Weather Updates & Information page to account for this tornado watch and wind advisory.

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  • Brit Tuttle

    Brit didn't grow up going to the Disney Parks, but had basically the next best thing: the Phantom Manor ride operations simulator flash game and the Disney Sing-Along Songs Beach Party at Walt Disney World VHS. You can email them at

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