Hurricanes may blow through Orlando. Luckily we missed Hurricane Charley in 2004, but we did see the damage it caused.
Check for hurricane warnings from the National Hurricane Center before you go.
If you are planning a trip to Central Florida during Hurricane season, be sure to keep an eye on the weather in the tropics. I have lived in Central Florida for nearly 20 years and never thought we'd ever be hit very hard by a hurricane, but Hurricane Charlie gave Orlando, Kissimmee, and the surrounding areas a serious spanking. Today it is 6 days after the storm hit and there are still lines for gas, stores are still closed, and people are still without power. Nearly half of the traffic lights are still out and there are a lot of detours because roads are still blocked by fallen trees. I would hate to try to vacation in this!
And let's not forget mighty mother nature with her bolts of lightning! Florida is known for its severe thunderstorms and the fact that lightning can eminate from a seemingly clear sky. This is the lightning capitol of the United States so your odds of getting hit are greater here! If you are outdoors and a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, seek shelter indoors. Even inside a car is good. But whatever you do, DO NOT stand under a tree or any type of non-enclosed shelter. A direct or even a close strike will get you as well. You'd be better off laying flat on the open ground making yourself the lowest target around.
So, with these things in mind, enjoy the great outdoors here in Florida!
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Dehydration! Drink lots of fluids! If you are going to be outside and it's in the 90's- I would recommend carrying a back pack with at least 2 liters of water. It may be a lot to carry, but 1 person can drink all that during the heat of the day. Also remember! A 24oz bottle of water inside the parks is an amazing rip-off at $2.50 a bottle!!!
A lot of the European travel agencies book people in cheap hotels in the most dangerous parts of the city. Don't stay in a hotel that has a W. 50 or West Colonial address or a South Orange Blossom Trail address. Also, please remember to wear sun screen with at least an SPF factor of 15 BEFORE you step outside. Believe me, even with this total block you will get a tan and cook. Remember, Orlando is on the 28th degree parallel, while all european cities (like Amsterdam is on the 57th) are at least 15 degrees north in latitude. Translation, the sun feels hotter here and you will burn faster. And don't forget that bug spray or Avon Skin-So-Soft, you will be eaten alive after sundown, otherwise.
OK..so there are a few things to watch out for..but gator attacks are very rare...HONEST;-)
*JUST A NOTE ABOUT WEATHER...much of the criticism of Florida comes from people up north that get their vacations in July and August and head down here and suffer accordingly.. I ASSURE you..it IS hot! At least 95F daily. I LIKE hot weather but I STILL try to get outa here July/August/September(the hottest month) every year. As common knowlege as it is...Disney Worlds peak time of the year is still Jun-Aug when hundreds of thousands of hopefull tourists come down and gripe/complain and literally pass out in droves. RETHINK the summer trip to Florida...unless you LOVE high heat and humidity.
DON'T COME TO FLORIDA DURING SUMMER TIME!
You have to content with the horrible summer HEAT (sometimes reaching 40 degrees Celcius and above), queueing up for ALL theme park rides (at least one hour minimum) and queueing up to eat at 90% of the WDW restaurants and eateries. I think after my Florida experience, I swore off visiting places where there are CROWDS for at least 2 years!!! I mean, I was even having nightmares about queueing up for a while. That's bad, isn't it??? :-((
It gets rather hot here in Florida so bring water and suntan lotion with a high SPF. I you go to a park, be prepared to walk a lot. Bring broken in shoes and drink water constantly. A Disney character was suffering from heat exaustion one and the person fell down so a few people had to bring him indoors. So make sure you have money to buy water.
Hurricane Charley was SERIOUS! This is what is left of Dennis' dock...I can't believe the bench is still there! There was a fairly large roof...
It can get in the 100s in the summer time! So make sure you drink a lot of water and don't over exhaust yourself! If you can't stand the heat get out of FL as a Budda Master once said :)