Tropical Storm Watch issued for Walt Disney World theme park areas as Idalia is forecast to become a major hurricane

Aug 28, 2023 in "Severe Weather impacts to Walt Disney World"

Posted: Monday August 28, 2023 6:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Orange and Osceola counties - home to Walt Disney World.

A Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm-force winds are possible somewhere within this area within the next 48 hours.

Disney is yet to announce any operational impacts at the Walt Disney World resort but that may change as the storm approaches and forecasts become more reliable. Learn more about Walt Disney World's Hurricane Cancellation Policy.

The new advisory comes as Idalia is now forecast to become a major hurricane before it reaches the Gulf coast of Florida.

Latest forecast models suggest that Idalia will make landfall as a CAT 3 hurricane early Wednesday. Gusty winds and rain would be felt in Central Florida as early as Tuesday with the worst condition felt on Wednesday.

At 400 AM CDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Idalia was
located near latitude 20.1 North, longitude 85.2 West. Idalia is
moving toward the north near 7 mph (11 km/h), with a continued
northward motion bringing the center of Idalia near or over
western Cuba tonight and over the extreme southeastern Gulf of
Mexico by early Tuesday. On the forecast track, Idalia is forecast
to increase in forward speed and turn north-northeastward over the
eastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday and reach the Gulf coast of
Florida on Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/h)
with higher gusts. Idalia is forecast to become a hurricane later
today and a dangerous major hurricane over northeastern Gulf of
Mexico by early Wednesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km)
from the center.

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John park hopperSep 01, 2023

St system coming off Africa maybe a problem but the other storms are all staying out o sea and heading north

LAKid53Sep 01, 2023

And as karma goes....there are two more systems out there.

LAKid53Sep 01, 2023

Treasure Island.

John park hopperSep 01, 2023

Visiting in Gulf Breeze FL talked to my son in Mcclellanville SC never lost power lot of rain wind but no trees down. Dodged the bullet on this one. Hurricane season is still young

some other guySep 01, 2023

not quite the usual storm debris

JoeCamelSep 01, 2023

Silver lining. As a former 20 year resident I can't exaggerate how cool this is

"El Gran Magnifico"Aug 31, 2023

I associate it with tickling.

dreday3Aug 31, 2023

I associate St. Elmo's Fire with Rob Lowe.

5thGenTexanAug 31, 2023

I copy and pasted from CNN. I dont have an opinion either way.

AylaAug 31, 2023

Why do you have extremely dangerous in quotations?

JoeCamelAug 31, 2023

I always associated St. Elmos fire with ball lightning

5thGenTexanAug 31, 2023

St Elmo's Fire This rare weather phenomena was spotted in the sky as Florida's Gulf Coast braced for the "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Idalia.

monothingieAug 31, 2023

It’s going to be a very nice evening. Credit due to Disney for handling this storm very well.