Florida’s sub tropical climate provides the state with unrivalled year round weather.
The state is unique, mainly because of the sunshine, coupled with good levels of rainfall that occur in relatively short bursts rather than days on end.
The result is a beautiful combination of warm to hot weather, blue skies and lush green landscapes.
Tropical Storms affect the Florida weather between June 1st and November 30th (officially named hurricane season).
We look at how hurricane season works out for tourists in our quick guide, but our honest advice through years of experience visiting and working in Orlando, is that we would never let hurricane season stop us from visiting!
We also delve into the statistics a little and prove beyond doubt that the fear of hurricanes outweighs the true risks if tourists follow the advice provided.
Should we worry about hurricane season?
As with any type of weather condition, if you treat it with respect and follow basic advice you and your fellow guests will be fine.
Thankfully, hurricanes are quite predictable, and their progress is detected often a week before they make landfall in Florida.
Most hurricanes skip by the state completely, but occasionally, they make it to the land, causing wind a water damage in coastal areas. Further inland, the effects of the hurricane reduce rapidly, leaving nothing more than strong winds and heavy rainfall, something that Orlando is well equipped to cope with.
When is hurricane season?
Hurricane season officially commences June 1st and closes on November 30th of each year.
It is very rare for hurricanes to fall outside these dates, however it is not impossible.
Mid August to Mid October sees the highest risk of Hurricane formation.
What will Central Florida be like in a Hurricane?
That is hard to answer.
At times, it may be nothing more than gusty winds, cloudy skies and rain for half a day to a few days.
On rare occasions, the winds can pick up in the Orlando area and cause roof damage, blow patio furniture about, damage trees and power lines.
Electricity and telephone services may be cut off in heavy storms.
How dangerous are Florida’s Hurricanes?
From a tourist’s perspective, Florida is always well prepared thanks to warning systems, TV and Radio advisory alerts and good building construction.
While fatalities can occur, they are often towards the beach areas of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and very rarely effect tourists.
Fatality figures since 2000 usually affected single individuals per hurricane and only on four occasions did the toll exceed 5 victims for the whole state of Florida.
In perspective, the statistics for a light snow storm back home, form a greater risk of serious injury or death.
Hurricane Advice for Tourists in Orlando
First of all, make a habit of watching TV or listening to local radio at once twice a day when in Orlando.
Apart from being interesting, you will get updates on general weather to help you plan your park days. If a tropical storm develops out in the Mid Atlantic, you will be able to observe how that progresses days in advance.
As the storm gets to the Caribbean, the information tends to improve considerably regarding the risk of disruption to the weather in Central Florida.
At this point the meteorologists will be able to predict within reason whether the storm will sweep gently by up the cost or weaken. This occurs more often than not.
If however the storm develops into a hurricane that may reach Florida, the state will advise whether residents should stay indoors etc.
Always follow the advice provided. It will ensure that you and your guests remain safe.
Never assume that the quiet before the storm means it isn’t coming. If they said it will, it sure will.
During any Florida storm, taking to the road, offers the biggest risk to safety. Always keep car journeys to an absolute minimum.
Most importantly of all, do not panic, and always remember that snow a light snow storm back home is probably more dangerous than a hurricane if you follow official advice!
Some Facts about Hurricanes
- The forward speed of a hurricane is typically about 20mph, but has been known to reach a record 70 mph in 1938. The slow progress that hurricanes make provides plenty of warning, but causes longer periods of disruption while the storm slowly passes through areas.
- Hurricanes were mostly named with girls names until boys names were also introduced in 1979
- If a particularly devastating hurricane makes landfall, its name will not be used again. Katrina for example will not be used again.
- The stages of Hurricane are determined by their rotational wind speeds:
Category I 74-95mph
Category II 96-110mph
Category III 111-130mph
Category IV 131-155mph
Category V 155mph+
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