At the time of this post, Hurricane Ian is expected to slam into the Gulf Coast of Florida as early as this Wednesday with heavy rainfall and winds estimated at 39-74 mph.

President Biden declared a federal state of emergency for multiple Florida counties on Saturday and Governor Ron DeSantis issued one on September 23 for essentially the whole state. As such, 5,000 members of the Florida National Guard will be activated and awaiting orders during the storm, with another 2,000 on standby in neighboring states.

Curious about whether you should stay or not? Consider what type of home you live in and what Evacuation Zone you live in. Click HERE for your closest evacuation route care of, which includes data on hurricane surge flooding. And be sure to follow @citybeautiful and @orlandopolice for updated information leading up to and during the storm.

Orlando declared a State of Emergency at 4:17 p.m. Monday, September 26. At this time yard waste and recycling pickup is scheduled to operate as normal. Tree clippings should not be placed y the curb ahead of the storm in order to prevent flooding. Lake levels will be lowered by 9-12 inches in some areas ahead of the storm.

Casselberry declared a State of Emergency on Monday, September 26 due to the hurricane, in case of evacuation, declarations of curfews, water use restrictions, etc.



Don’t know what to have in your Disaster Kit? Click HERE for a handy checklist from the Division of Emergency Management for some great tips, which include things like two weeks-worth of medication, batteries, a first aid kit, a list of important phone numbers, important documents in a waterproof case, clothing, and two weeks of food and water for yourself and your pets.

  • SANDBAGS – Winter Park residents can pick up sandbags at Ward Park and Showalter Field Monday and Tuesday between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with a limit of eight bags per resident. Must have proof of residency. Orange County residents can go to Barnett Park, Bithlo Community Park, Downey Park, Meadow Woods Park, and West Orange Recreational Complex to get up to 10 bags per address.
  • GAS – Click HERE to use’s interactive map. Suspect someone of price gauging? Report them to Pam Bondi’s new price-gouging hotline at (866)-9-NO-SCAM.
  • SHELTER – Know where your nearest shelter is by clicking HERE. Shelters are managed by Orange County. Memorial Middle School has just been opened as a shelter as well but it is not pet friendly.
  • CITIZEN INFORMATION LINE – Orlando residents can call 407-246-HELP in the event of downed trees, damaged traffic lights, or if they need to report home damage.
  • PARKING FEES – All parking fees will be waived for passenger vehicles only in the following garages starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 28 – Central Boulevard Garage, Jefferson Street Garage, Library Garage, Orange County Administration Garage. Height restrictions must still be adhered to and no campers or trailers will be allowed.


Is your power out? Assuming you’re on your phone, you can use THIS LINK to report an outage with OUC or THIS LINK for Duke Energy. OUC customers can also text “REG” to 69682 to sign up for Outage Alerts on their phones.


  • 9/26: SunRail – In anticipation of Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is suspending SunRail service beginning Tuesday, September 27, 2022. After the storm, and when conditions stabilize, a complete inspection of the entire railway corridor is necessary to assess the storm’s impact and to prepare the corridor to reinstate rail service for SunRail, as well as freight and Amtrak operations. Restoration of service includes reinstalling gates, removal of any obstruction on the railroad tracks, and conducting safety inspections.
  • 9/26: LYNX – ACCESS LYNX will only perform life-sustaining medical trips such as dialysis and cancer treatments until further notice. All other bus services will continue to be provided as scheduled.
  • 9/27: FDOT – Will suspend lane closures on all state roads in Northwest Florida to ensure full mobility for traffic traveling due to the hurricane, including some road shoulders. The suspension will last through Monday, October 3.
  • 9/27: Orlando International Airport will cease operations at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Entry to all parking facilities will be closed at that time as well. Travelers should contact their airlines directly for any updates in regards to their flights.
  • 9/28: LYNX – Effective at 10:30 a.m. September 28, LYNX pulled all of its services off the street until the storm has passed.




  • 9/26: Ninth Circuit All Orange and Osceola County courts are closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • 9/27: Swan Boats rentals will be closed Tuesday through Friday.
  • 9/27: A number of Florida State Parks are closed until further notice. Click HERE for the full list of closures.
  • 9/27: Hellcats USA will be closed Wednesday and Thursday in Winter Park.
  • 9/27: Elevate Rooftop Lounge in Ivanhoe Village will be closed through Friday evening.
  • 9/27: Walt Disney World will close its Fort Wilderness Resort, Copper Creek Cabins, Treehouse Villas, and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort through Friday.
  • 9/27: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will close temporarily on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • 9/27: Orange County Library System will close Wednesday through Friday.
  • 9/27: All LGBT+ Center locations will e closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • 9/27: Orlando Sanford International Airport will close Tuesday afternoon.
  • 9/27: Creative City Project has postponed the opening of its Airplay installation in downtown Orlando. Dates are still being determined.
  • 9/27: Mennello Museum of American Art is closed until Friday.
  • 9/27: Orlando Museum of Art will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • 9/27: Orlando International Airport will cease operations at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Entry to all parking facilities will be closed at that time as well. Travelers should contact their airlines directly for any updates in regards to their flights.
  • 9/27: Art and History Museums – Maitland will be closed through Friday.
  • 9/27: Enzian Theater will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
  • 9/27: SeaWorld Orlando will be closed for the hurricane.
  • 9/27: Peppa Pig Theme Park is closed thrugh Friday.
  • 9/27: Walt Disney World has just informed cast members that the theme parks and water parks will all be closed on Wednesday and Thursday. Disney Springs has only committed to closing for Wednesday at this time.
  • 9/27: Dapper Dental will be closed through Friday.
  • 9/27: Winter Park Library will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday and reopen on Friday – weather permitting.
  • 9/27: Orlando Fashion Square will reopen on Friday, weather permitting.
  • 9/27: Orlando Science Center will close through Friday.
  • 9/27: Crealde School of Art and Hannibal Square Heritage Center will be closed until Saturday.
  • 9/27: Universal Orlando Resort will close from the 28th to the 29th.


  • 9/26 – UCF has canceled classes for Wednesday, September 28 through Friday, September 30.
  • 9/26: Orange County Public Schools has canceled all after-school extracurricular activities for Wednesday and Thursday. All schools and facilities will be closed.
  • 9/26: Valencia College will close on Wednesday and Thursday and all classes are canceled for those days. Updates for Friday classes will be posted on Wednesday night at
  • 9/26: Rollins College will close its campus at 5 p.m. Wednesday, including residential halls, and remain closed for Thursday and Friday for damage assessment.
  • 9/27: Full Sail will close on Wednesday and Thursday.


  • 9/27: Tactical Brewing will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday with Friday operating hours pending until further notice.
  • 9/27: Beefy King will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday and will update its hours after the storm.
  • 9/27: Pom Pom’s Sandwicheria will close for Wednesday and Thursday.
  • 9/27: Milkhouse will close for Wednesday and Thursdays.
  • 9/27: Sideward Brewing will open for regular hours on Tuesday (10 p.m. close) and sht down for Wednesday and Thursday, with Friday weather permitting.
  • 9/27: Whippoorwill will be open till 10 p.m. on Tuesday for to-go and draft service and close Wednesday and Thursday night. Friday is TBD but they will likely reopen on Saturday for “Pint Night.”
  • 9/27: Lombardi’s Seafood will close Wednesday and Thursday.
  • 9/27: Ziggie’s Pizza will reopen on Friday.
  • 9/27: Ace Cafe will be closed until Friday.
  • 9/28: Reel Fish will reopen on Friday at 11 a.m. for lunch service.
  • 9/28: Anthony’s Thornton Park is closed until further notice.


  • 9/26 – Bungalower Drag Bingo at Tactical Brewing has been canceled for Tuesday, September 27.
  • 9/26: Piertoberfest has been postponed.
  • 9/26: Lagwagon at The Beacham has been canceled.
  • 9/26: Tasty Takeover canceled its Tuesday food truck meetup.
  • 9/26: Joyner Lucas at The Beacham is canceled.
  • 9/27: College Park Wine Walk has been canceled for the month of September. The October event will take place on the 26th.
  • 9/27: KMFDM at Hard Rock Live has been canceled.
  • 9/27: Winter Park High School Pep Rally and Parade has been canceled.
  • 9/27: All indoor recreation facilities in Winter Park will be closed through Friday.
  • 9/27: Comedy Jam at Tuffy’s Music Box has been postponed.
  • 9/27: Milk District Community Cleanup at A La Cart has ben canceled.
  • 9/27: Halloween Horror Nights is canceled for Wednesday and Thursday with a possible reopening on Friday, weather conditions permitting.
  • 9/27: Dr. Phillips Center has canceled the following: Orlando Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert, Milton Nascimento, Todd Barry, all performances of The Second City, and Sebastian Yatra. Old tickets will be honored for the new dates once they’re released.
  • 9/28: Glaive at The Abbey has been postponed.


  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company is offering beer case specials ahead of the storm and will fill up all refillable containers with their filtered water service.
  • Freehand Goods is offering 25% off all Florida craft beers to-go all Tuesday.
  • Simply Cheese in Winter Park is offering Buy 3 get 1 free wine deals, Buy 5 get 1 free beer deals, and 20% off on all food items.
  • The LGBT+ Center in Mills 50 is giving out Hurricane Boxes while supplies last. You can DM them on Instagram if you need to arrange a drop-off.
  • Rosen Hotels is discounting their room rates at seven of their properties during the hurricane.
  • Dead Lizard Brewing is filling water for free.

Brendan O'Connor

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