A tornado warning was issued for Kissimee, Florida including Disney World until 5:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The statement said radar indicated the possibility of a tornado until 5:45 p.m. Pea-sized hail is also possible. The tornado warning effects a population of 212,772 people including 21 schools and one hospital.
The National Weather Service said, “Tornado Warning including Kissimmee FL, Doctor Phillips FL, Celebration FL until 5:45 PM EDT.”
Local meteorologists shared radar of the storm. Meterologist Casey Cloud wrote, “Central #FLwx Tornado Warning: Southwestern Orange and Northwestern Osceola Counties until 5:45PM. This includes Disney World.”
The National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida issued a statement at 5:13 p.m. It said a severe thunderstorm was moving east at 40 miles per hour from the Four Corners near Bay Lake. Wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour were forecast, with a threat of damaged roofs, siding and trees. The warning included Orlando, Kissimmee, Saint Cloud, Bay Lake and Celebration.
There were no confirmed reports of a tornado.
A video was shared on Twitter of a severe storm over the Disney’s Animal Kingdom lodge.
See more photos and videos here.
Here’s what you need to know:
Tornado Warning Issued for Disney World and Surrounding Areas
The National Weather Service in Melbourne issued a statement. It said:
“The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a
* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Southwestern Orange County in east central Florida…
Northwestern Osceola County in east central Florida…
* Until 600 PM EDT.
* At 513 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Four Corners,
or near Bay Lake, moving east at 40 mph.
HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.
* Locations impacted include…
Orlando, Kissimmee, Saint Cloud, Bay Lake and Celebration.
For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
The National Weather Service in Melbourne issued a special weather statement at 6:13 p.m., warning of strong thunderstorms in Orlando, Palm Bay, Melbourne, Titusville and Oviedo.
The statement said:
“…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHEASTERN SEMINOLE…
BREVARD…SOUTHEASTERN ORANGE…SOUTHEASTERN VOLUSIA AND OSCEOLA
COUNTIES UNTIL 715 PM EDT…
At 613 PM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along
a line extending from 10 miles north of Bethune Beach to 6 miles
northwest of Lone Cabbage Fish Camp to near Lake Kissimmee. Movement
was east at 40 mph.
Winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms.
Locations impacted include…
Orlando, Palm Bay, Melbourne, Titusville and Oviedo.”
A hazardous weather outlook was issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday morning. It warned of “frequent lightning and wind-driven torrential downpours of 1 to 2 inches” in a few storms. It said anyone who is outside in the area should be alert for storms rapidly approaching storms from the west. At the sound of thunder or the sight of threatening skies, the National Weather Service advised going inside.
The statement said:
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA.
.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT.
A few showers and lightning storms will push off the Treasure
Coast late this morning. After a brief midday lull in activity,
showers and lightning storms will begin to form again early this
afternoon and become numerous during the mid and late afternoon.
Storms will move rapidly eastward today around 30 MPH, and will
be easily capable of producing wind gusts above 40 mph, with
isolated damaging wind gusts in excess of 55 mph possible in a
few storms. Frequent lightning and wind-driven torrential
downpours of 1 to 2 inches will also occur in a few storms.
If you are outdoors today, be alert to the potential for strong
storms rapidly approaching from the west. Move indoors to safety
at the first sign of threatening skies or if you hear thunder.
.MARINE THUNDERSTORM GUST IMPACT…
Due to the fast storm motion today, the threat for wind gusts at
or above 35 knots will be greater than in previous days on area
lakes, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the near shore Atlantic.
Move to safe harbor well in advance of storms.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.
Storm coverage will be much lower from late week through the
weekend and into early next week compared to the last several
days. Any Florida thunderstorm can produce deadly cloud to ground
lightning, torrential downpours and gusty winds.
With lower coverage of storms expected, afternoon temperatures
and heat indices will rise, reaching between 100 and 105 degrees
the next few days, especially over the interior.
People Near Disney Received Alerts
People in the area of Kissimmee, Florida received an alert on their phones warning of a tornado. It said, “Tornado Warning in this area til 5:45 PM EDT. Take shelter now. Check local media. – NWS”
An alert from The Weather Channel also sent an alert to users in Orange County.
Some shared multiple alerts popping up on their phones.
Local meteorologists shared radar of the storm headed toward Disney World. Greg Dee, a meteorologist in Tampa, said the area south of downtown Orlando could be effected.
He later advised people to “take shelter immediately.”
Tourists Shared Videos, GIFs After Tornado Warning
People on social media shared videos and pictures after a tornado warning threatened to dampen vacations.
One person shared a video of a downpour outside.
Another person shared a photo of ominous-looking skies.
A group attending the HOSA International Leadership Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando were told to take shelter in a restroom, calling the tornado warning one of their “unexpected new experiences.”
They weren’t the only ones who reported needing to take shelter.
One Hollywood Studios visitor wrote, “These two got extremely soaked riding Slinky Dog Dash in the rain just before a tornado warning came in. Another new adventure!”
Another person shared a gif of a cat hanging onto a tree, saying “that was an experience!”
Another said, “I’m pretty sure I brought all the tornado warnings to Disney World.”
A man from Texas tweeted his first thought when he saw a tornado warning near Disney.
Others shared photos of their Disney experience in ponchos.
“Tornado warning didn’t stop us from getting back on the Disney shuttles to go back to the parks & use our remaining fast passes,” one person wrote on Instagram. “Gotta love this Florida summer weather.”
Another person shared a video of the tornado warning experience.