Tropical Weather Update: Hurricane Likely to Hit Florida as Category 3

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8:45 am EDT –
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5:43 pm EDT – Hurricane Ian Eyes Orlando, Disney World Confirms Multi-Day Park Closure
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Previous Updates: 9/29/22
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12:20 pm EDT – Ian Leaving Florida, But Storm Still Rages in Orlando Area
7:10 pm EDT – Disney World, Disney Cruise Line Assess Damage Reopening Plans
Previous Updates: 9/30/22
8:47 am EDT – Storm has Passed – Disney World, Universal, MCO Begin Reopening
12:34 pm EDT – Post-Storm Update: Crowds Return to Parks, Disney World Weekend Weather Forecast


The National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center has released another update concerning the latest Tropical Depression, and, once again, we at Disney Fantastic are here to explain how this can affect those bound for or will find themselves at Walt Disney World Resort or aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship.

Here is what we know now: Tropical Depression 9 is expected to officially evolve into Tropical Storm Hermine later today, and it will most likely arrive on the west coast of Florida on the morning of Wednesday, September 28, as a Category 3 hurricane.

Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and the rest of Central Florida are still deep into the proverbial hurricane target range known as the “cone of uncertainty.” While the storm is still incredibly far off, and confidence in tracking is still rated as low, residents planning to stay in the area are advised to finish prepping for the storm’s arrival by Tuesday.

The NHC is also tracking the storm to come close to the Cayman Islands either this Sunday or Monday before passing over the western tail of Cuba. This will potentially cut off Disney Cruise Line adventures from accessing Western Caribbean ports of call, and we advise any readers who are expecting to board a Disney Cruise Line ship and set sail from Port Canaveral or Miami over the next week to be on the lookout for advisories and last-minute changes.

Hurricane Hermine Track, 11am 9/23

Credit: NHC

Walt Disney World Resort is significantly inland from Florida’s Gulf Coast, and the terrain is known to quickly weaken storms. For instance, Hurricane Charley, in 2004, arrived to the Sunshine State as a Category 4 but had weakened to a Category 1 by the time it reached Central Florida. Walt Disney World is also one of–if not the–safest places in Florida to be during a hurricane with tested and proven protocols in place to keep all Guests safe and comfortable as the storm rages around them.

But, again, it is too soon to tell precisely how this will affect operations at Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, as well as Orlando International Airport. It is also unclear at this time just how fast we can expect the tropical cyclone to push its way completely through the state.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to keep our readers update on this storm as more developments come to light.

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About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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