Hurricane Idalia Makes Landfall as Category 3, Tornado Watch Issued for Disney World and Orlando Area
Hurricane Idalia has officially made landfall in Florida as a potent Category 3 storm. Although the hurricane is not projected to traverse through Central Florida, inclement weather conditions are expected to persist.
An active tornado watch has been instituted for Orange County, Florida, which houses renowned attractions like Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort.
The Tornado Watch, sanctioned by the National Weather Service, spans a significant portion of the state, with a 60% likelihood of two or more tornadoes forming.
While the storm is anticipated to move swiftly across Florida, the state should brace for a substantial amount of rainfall, ranging from 4 to 8 inches, and certain regions along Florida’s west coast and panhandle might even encounter up to 12 inches.
In a bid to facilitate evacuation measures, the Florida Department of Transportation has eliminated tolls in select areas of the state.
Presently, operations at both the theme parks within Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort are continuing as usual, with both theme parks maintaining close vigilance over the weather conditions.
Walt Disney World has chosen to waive change and cancellation fees until September 5th and is extending a 50% discount on hotel accommodations to Florida residents in need of evacuation and to first responders involved in storm-related operations.
Notably, Typhoon Lagoon and the mini golf courses remain closed.
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