An apparent funnel cloud was seen in Disney World on video on Thursday night. (Video credit: Facebook page of Adam and Kristen from Stream Disney)
Orland, Florida Mother Nature did not spare the most magical place on Earth on Thursday when powerful thunderstorms rolled across Central Florida, bringing with them strong winds, copious amounts of rain, and what appeared to be a funnel cloud.
While many visitors to Epcot took shelter until the bad weather passed, others recorded the breathtaking images on video.
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“To attend one of their concerts, we were in Epcot. We have been local residents for over 16 years, and we had never seen anything like that in this region,” Disney streamers Adam and Kristen said .
Around 6:20 p.m., the low-lying clouds began to drift towards the areas southwest of Orlando.
Disney funnel cloud discovered
As the storm lingered over the Orlando metro area, the National Weather Service issued a warning about the possibility of momentary funnel clouds.
Although rare, these innocuous funnel clouds have the potential to momentarily touch down and generate wind gusts of above 50 mph, according to the NWS.
The funnel cloud was never in contact with the ground, hence it was not classified as a tornado.
On Thursday afternoon,
Radar showed many strikes around Orlando.
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Doppler radar reportedly revealed a minor inflow notch, which could be an indication of cloud rotation, according to the FOX Forecast Center.
The seeming funnel caused quite a sensation but did not harm the adjacent resorts or parks.
Florida experiences more thunderstorms than any other state in the union. According to the Florida Climate Center, there are typically over 80 days a year with thunder and lightning in Central Florida.
Everyone is advised by meteorologists to move indoors if they see a funnel cloud and to notify the NWS of the weather sighting.