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Potential Hurricane Nicole Takes Aim at Walt Disney World

Potential Hurricane Nicole Takes Aim at Walt Disney World Resort

The current Subtropical Storm Nicole has begun to pick up strength as of Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The storm is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean with a shift that is taking aim at Central Florida and Walt Disney World Resort.

Nicole's Projected Path
Storm Nicole Projected Path (Credit: NHC)

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We previously shared the Monday update that the National Hurricane Center was forecasting the potential strengthening of Subtropical Storm Nicole. As the morning report was released for November 8, we’ve learned Nicole’s eye is more defined and has the potential to become a Category 1 hurricane.

The storm’s projected path has shifted slightly north, with a landfall closer to Brevard County in Central Florida, which is roughly an hour beach side of Walt Disney World Resort.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is projected to make landfall late Wednesday (November 9, 2022) to early Thursday (November 10, 2022), with the projected path pushing directly over Orlando with the projected path pushing directly over Orlando with potential hurricane strength winds.

Earliest Reasonable Arrival Time for Storm Nicole
Earliest Reasonable Arrival Time for Storm Nicole (Credit: NHC)

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Forecasters report, “Nicole is expected to make a transition to a tropical storm later today and begin strengthening, and it is forecast to be near or at hurricane strength by Wednesday and Wednesday night while it is moving near the northwestern Bahamas and approaching the east coast of Florida.”

Orange County and Osceola County, which includes Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, are currently under tropical storm warnings that have been issued by the National Weather Service.

Tropical Storm Force Winds Storm Nicole
Tropical Storm Force Winds Storm Nicole (Credit: NHC)

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If visiting Orlando and its theme parks this week, it is wise to understand the Parks’ hurricane policy, as well as keep a watch on the weather as potential Hurricane Nicole strengthens before landfall.

While we are watching the forecasted path closely, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns that the storm could shift unexpectedly.

Rain Puddle at Walt Disney World
Credit: World of Disney

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“Do not focus on the exact track of Nicole since it is expected to be a large storm with hazards extending well to the north of the center, outside of the forecast cone,” the NHC stated. “These hazards are likely to affect much of the Florida peninsula and portions of the southeast U.S.”

We will be sure to keep Disney Dining readers updated as we learn more about this storm. In the meantime, check out Walt Disney World’s hurricane policy and keep a close eye on the development of potential Hurricane Nicole.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.