As Tropical Depression 9 continues to grow, the threat to Walt Disney World is greater than before. Find out what this means for guests currently at or hoping to travel to Walt Disney World.
Tropical Depression 9
In our post yesterday, Tropical Depression Nine (TD9) is expected to sustain heavy rainfall and flash flooding as continues its northwest path over Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacoa. By Sunday, TD9 will, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), most likely hit Jamaica as a tropical storm as it intensifies. TD9 is expected to make landfall in the Cayman Islands as a hurricane around Monday.
Additionally, it has the potential to intensify TD9 into a Major Hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) as it approaches Florida. Right now, Florida is projected to be hit by TD9 on Tuesday or Wednesday with hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall.
Yesterday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued the State of Emergency for the following counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and St. Lucie.
State of Emergency
Yesterday, only the southern counties were under the State of Emergency warning. Tropical Depression 9 has now been categorized as Tropical Storm Ian. Today, Governor DeSantis issued a State of Emergency that covers 24 counties.
The entire Walt Disney World Resort is now included in this State of Emergency. At this time, Walt Disney World has not issued a statement regarding this State of Emergency.
Governor DeSantis shared, “This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to make their preparations,” DeSantis said in a statement. “We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to track potential impacts of this storm.”
The entire Walt Disney World Resort is now included in this State of Emergency.
You can read how Walt Disney World has prepared for hurricanes in the past and also read about hurricane meal kits that were available as Hurricane Elsa threatened Walt Disney World last year HERE. We also shared tips if you will be visiting Walt Disney World with inclement weather HERE.
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