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Storm Ian: Walt Disney World Largely Spared From High Winds BUT Pounded By Torrential Rain

The National Weather Service located in Melbourne, Florida, has released a preliminary report this morning showing the highest wind gusts recorded from Hurricane Ian.

While yesterday, September 28, forecasts had the major storm tearing a path through Walt Disney World, it appears that the resort has largely been spared from the seriously damaging winds that the area was expecting.

The NWS report lists that a Magic Kingdom weather station within Walt Disney World recordiing a maximum wind gust of 45mph at 12:20am this morning, Thursday, September 29.

By comparison a weather station at Orlando International Airport recorded a maximum wind gust of 67mph at 7:35am.

Although wind speeds may not have been as high as anticipated, relentless rainfall has caused flash floods throughout The Walt Disney World area in Lake Buena Vista.

Earlier this morning we reported flooding was causing problems at the Swan & Dolphin hotels.

While wind may have been less severe than feared at Walt Disney World, it still caused damage, including damage shared by twitter user @GrainAndSpirit showing damage at Disney's Contemporary hotel on Bay Lake, with exterior damage visible on the main tower building where sections of exterior cladding has been torn off.


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