Hurricane Watch issued for the Walt Disney World area

Sep 08, 2017 in "Severe Weather impacts to Walt Disney World"

Posted: Friday September 8, 2017 11:43am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

The National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for Central Florida, including the theme park areas - meaning hurricane wind conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.

The Hurricane Watch covers most of Central Florida, including all of Brevard, Volusia, Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties.

Wind forecast suggests 60-80mph sustained winds, with guests to 95mph. Rainfall is expected to be 8-12 inches, with locally higher amounts. The window for the worst weather will be Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon.

1131 AM EDT Fri Sep 8 2017


A Hurricane Watch means Hurricane wind conditions are possible somewhere within this area and within the next 48 hours

- Orlando
- Apopka
- Christmas

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Cat 1 Hurricane force wind
- Peak Wind Forecast: 60-80 mph with gusts to 95 mph
- Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon

- The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.
- Emergency planning should include a reasonable threat for major hurricane force wind greater than 110 mph of equivalent Category 3 intensity or higher.
- To be safe, aggressively prepare for the potential of devastating to catastrophic wind impacts. Efforts should now be underway to secure all properties.
- Extremely dangerous and life-threatening wind is possible.
Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury, loss of life, or immense human suffering.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Devastating to Catastrophic
- Structural damage to sturdy buildings, some with complete roof and wall failures. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Damage greatly accentuated by large airborne projectiles. Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
- Numerous large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and roadway signs blown over.
- Many roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. Many bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable.
- Widespread power and communications outages.

- Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 8-12 inches, with locally higher amounts

- The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.
- Emergency planning should include a reasonable threat for moderate flooding where peak rainfall totals notably exceed amounts conducive for flash flooding and rapid inundation.
Rescues and emergency evacuations are possible.
- To be safe, earnestly prepare for the potential of significant flooding rain impacts.
- Dangerous flooding is possible. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life. If flood related watches and warnings are issued, heed recommended actions.

- Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues.
- Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swift currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches will overflow.
- Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow.
Driving conditions will become hazardous with some road and bridge closures.

- Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes

- The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.
- Emergency planning should include a reasonable threat for isolated tornadoes, mostly with shorter and narrower damage
- To be safe, prepare for the potential of limited tornado impacts.
- Listen for tornado watches and warnings. Be ready to shelter quickly if a tornado approaches.

- The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events.
- A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions.
- Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

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andysolSep 11, 2018

1 Year anniversary. Still the best Disney trip I've ever had and loads of fun sharing it on here too!

wdwjmp239Oct 08, 2017

Even though we had IRMA tear through Florida a few weeks ago, we're open and ready for business! Come on down and bring your Disney face! Have fun! :)

Chef MickeyOct 07, 2017

Monthly bill doesn't matter. Too many factors go into utilization. Simply look at the price per kwh. Florida power prices are on par with most southern states at around 11 cents and lower than national averages of around 12.5 cents. Sydney Australia is around 23 cents per kwh while Hawaii is around 37 cents per kwh, just for some perspective. But never let facts get in the way of a good story. Carry on.

JoeCamelOct 07, 2017

While I can see 3600 ft with kids generating a bill of $400 I have a very leaky house/windows and an old heat pump system and my average here on the west coast (FL) is $100. My utility says my consumption is about average for Florida.

Bullseye1967Oct 07, 2017

I don't find that to be an exaggeration. I have no clue where you would get a figure like $125. For the years i lived in Kissimee and paid KUA (Kissimmee Utility Authority), we averaged around $400 a month and kept our thermostat at around 74. Yes we had kids and our house was about 3600 sq ft, but I can't see a studio apartment paying $125.

rocketraccoonOct 07, 2017

With the original facade it reminds me of something you'd see at Universal Studios more than anything. Maybe they decided that it might not've looked great to have just the building and bit of track. Maybe it would've been slightly annoying to get rid of and re-do the area when they resigned it so they just printed some new banners. It's a nice escape from the rain at least.

Chef MickeyOct 06, 2017

I guess I'll say it...why is/was that even there to begin with? The "reimagined" photo above looks so much cleaner anyway. This is like the hat in front of the Chinese Theater.

WDWtravelerSep 28, 2017

Photo update as of Thursday, September 28. Debris removal via barge at Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom. The trees used to be thick enough you couldn't see the windmill on the hill.

psherman42Sep 27, 2017

I was actually there Saturday night and it was running.

Tom P.Sep 25, 2017

We were at Disney Springs on Thursday evening and it was still closed. I haven't seen any update on it since then.

Gabe1Sep 25, 2017

Thanks for updated photos Being at WDW before and after Irma I was impressed with how the resorts and parks held up. I never worried during lockdown at Wilderness Lodge. 24 hours post Irma the parks looked overall fantastic and most areas were free from any obvious damage. My town looked worse after a low level tornado and still does 7 weeks after. I slept through the worst of Irma. I expected at least noise to the glass doors to balcony. Nope. Overwhelmingly the parks held up incredibly well.

Clamman73Sep 25, 2017

I did some retro-imagineering to your pic.

RiderSep 24, 2017

Animal Kingdom update. Still some big trees down and some stumps that will need to be removed. Big tree near the entrance destroyed the fence around the swan pond. A temp fence has been installed. The lemurs lost one of their trees. I think this is hurricane damage: The door near the tiger habitat has been repaired/replaced. A huge tree fell over the river near the new Pandora/Africa walkway. This one might be around for a while until they figure out how to remove it. Other items spotted but no pictures: A few trees fell around Pizzafari but only stumps remain now. One looks like it tore up some utility line and there is a barrier setup to keep guests away. Also the African Crown Crane habitat in the Safari queue had a tree fall on part of the fence. The birds are MIA until that gets fixed.

larryzSep 24, 2017

It would make sense to wait until after hurricane season ends.