Mystery boom heard as Hurricane Ian hits I-Drive with wind, rain

Visitors, recovery crews and storm evacuees are in Orlando hotels

An explosion is heard during Mike DeForest's live update from International Drive.

ORLANDO, Fla.Hurricane Ian pummeled Orange County with heavy wind and rain Wednesday night, as seen from International Drive in the tourist district of Orlando.

News 6 reporter Mike DeForest has been covering the tourist corridor as visitors, recovery crews, electric linemen and storm evacuees hole up in hotels.

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While wind shook traffic lights and palm trees about 60 miles southeast of the storm’s center, little damage had been seen as of Wednesday night, DeForest said. He added they still had lights and power along I-Drive.

Then a loud “boom” was heard.

“Whoa! I don’t know what that was,” DeForest said. “It wasn’t a transformer, not sure what that bang was.”

It’s not known yet where that sound came from.

Hurricane Ian began to pummel Orange County with heavy wind and rain Wednesday night, as seen from International Drive in Orlando.

Orange County is expected to experience winds from 70 to 90 mph, 10 to 15 inches of rain and scattered tornados as Hurricane Ian continues to move through Florida.

For more information on what to expect in Orange County, click here.

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