Hurricane Ian Has Been Downgraded to Tropical Storm

UPDATE: According to Eric Burris from WESH 2 News, Ian has since strengthened to a hurricane over the Atlantic.

Yesterday, Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida and began making its way north into the rest of the state.

Hurricane weather at Holiday Inn in Disney World

The storm had already warranted a state of emergency issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Orlando International Airport has been shut down and theme parks have closed. As Ian makes its way into the rest of Florida this morning, it has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

After Ian made landfall as a hurricane, it had winds up to 150 mph. Now, according to WESH, the hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center, with recorded winds of around 65 mph as it makes its way across Central Florida, including Orlando.

Ian is expected to produce up to 12 to 30 inches of rain in Central and Northeast Florida, so the main concern now is flooding.

UPDATE: The storm has since been upgraded to a hurricane.

Below you can see the 5PM update from NOAA on September 29th.


Orlando International Airport still estimates that flights will resume on Friday, September 30th.

UPDATE: Disney World will be conducting a phased reopening of the theme parks and Disney Springs on September 30th. Click here for more information.


If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be at Disney World during a hurricane, here’s how the resort prepares in advance. Also, here’s what it’s like to be trapped at Disney World during Hurricane Ian.

What can you do if you’ve planned a trip to Disney World during hurricane season? First, be sure to check your credit card for its policies– make sure it covers any kind of delays or cancellations due to weather. If not, you might want to consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any additional costs if you happen to get stuck in Disney World.

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