UW-Milwaukee student preparing to ride out Irma in Orlando

Posted at 6:48 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 06:16:18-04

While dozens of Wisconsinites are heading to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma relief, some are stuck there for work. A UW-Milwaukee student began his internship at Disney World near Orlando three weeks ago.

Kyle Pallo knew it was hurricane season, but he had no idea he’d be preparing to ride one out.

"Being from Wisconsin, I know wind, but I don't know 185 miles an hour of wind, that's of course if the eye comes here,” said Pallo.

Pallo is living just a few miles from the amusement park. He's preparing for the worst as the storm is expected to make landfall in southern Florida Saturday night.

"Best case scenario this stays out to sea," said TODAY’S TMJ4 meteorologist Brian Niznansky.

Niznansky has been tracking Irma’s path for more than a week.

"As far as the eye-wall, the 170 mile per hour winds, that will stay down towards Miami if not off shore," he said.

Niznansky said the latest forecast models show Orlando on the outer edge of the hurricane.

"That still means 60, 70, maybe 80 mile per hour winds," he said.

Pallo says few in the Orlando area have already evacuated.

"Right now we were told to fill our bathtub with water," he said.

Meanwhile, Pallo is stocking up on food and water to hunker down.

"Yesterday, I just bought a 6 pack of water for like $8," he said.

All while debating if he should head north before it's too late.

"I actually might go to South Carolina, I don't know if I can leave," said Pallo.

For those who have upcoming Disney vacation plans, guests can either reschedule or seek refunds without any cancelation fees as long as the tickets were issued through the park.