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Tropical storms and hurricanes are common in Florida and begins June 1 and ends November 30. 

These storms impacting the Winter Garden area directly are low, but it is smart to be prepared as storms can change quickly and bring hazards in many forms. Staying up to date and informed is critical in making decisions to protect your family and home.


Pick a news station that you find most reliable to provide you information to make smart decisions. You can also download the OCFL Alert app to be notified on your mobile.

OCFL Alert App



Although Winter Garden is not along the coast and not in any major evacuation zones, check your home location to see if you are susceptible to flooding. If you plan to evacuate, know what city you are going to and where you will be staying.


Know the difference between depressions, storms, and hurricanes.


Tropical Depression

Maximum sustained winds below 39 mph

Tropical Storm

Maximum sustained winds below 73 mph


Sustained winds above 75 mph

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Category 1

74 - 95 mph

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Category 2

96 - 110 mph

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Category 3

111 - 129 mph

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Category 4

130 - 156 mph

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Category 5

157 mph & Up



  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)

  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

  • Flashlight

  • First aid kit

  • Extra batteries

  • Whistle (to signal for help)

  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)

  • Manual can opener (for food)

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery


  • Food and water for at least 3 days

  • A carrier or cage

  • Medications

  • Have your pet microchipped

  • Collar with ID tag

  • Blanket, toy or familiar item to reduce stress

  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.

Animal Kingdom


Emergencies call 911

Non-Emergency Information


Social Service and Mental Health


For Utility Outages:
Duke Energy: 1-800-228-8485
Apopka Gas emergency: 1-800-542-3344
Orange County Utilities: 407-836-5515

FEMA: 1-800-621-3362

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