Walt Disney World Announces Closures and Cancellations in Preparation for Hurricane Dorian

Walt Disney World Announces Closures and Cancellations in Preparation for Hurricane Dorian

Orlando International Airport said late Saturday that it will not close on Labor Day, given Hurricane Dorian's hard-to-predict path will likely veer away from central Florida. "Don't wait until I-95 north and I-75 north and the turnpike are parking lots", said Hudson, who experienced two devastating hurricanes in 2004.

As of 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, the distinct eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 26.5 North, longitude 76.5 West.

"A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or risky", the National Hurricane Center said.

"These hazards will cause extreme destruction in the affected areas", the center said, "and will continue for several hours". Florida is not entirely safe however, as the state remains in the "Cone of Uncertainty" which means a shift in Dorian could put Florida directly in the path of the storm.

"While obviously for us it's a better forecast, we can't assume that there's not going to be hazardous weather", said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.

Forecasters expected Dorian, packing 150 miles per hour (240 kph) winds, to hit some Bahamian islands Sunday before heading near Florida and then skirting along or off the U.S. Southeast seacoast.


Now, Chip Kasper, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service's Key West office, said in the press release that the Keys may feel some strong wind gusts from some fast-moving squalls as Dorian's center moves farther north into the Atlantic Ocean.

Forecasters say many computer models indicate Dorian is expected to veer sharply northeastward and track up the Southeast seaboard, raising the risks of damaging winds and deadly flooding even if there's no direct USA landfall. Heavy rainfall may be more likely for central SC depending on the course of the storm but how much rain is unclear, the National Weather Service said.

Communities in northeast Florida, Georgia and SC raised alert levels, with residents filling sandbags as authorities tested infrastructure and hurricane drills.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis begged residents of Abaco and Grand Bahamas to head for the main island to escape the "devastating, dangerous" storm.

Tourists remaining in The Bahamas were sent to government shelters in schools, churches and other buildings that offered protection from the storm.

As the southeastern United States braces for Hurricane Dorian's impact, North Carolina is preparing as well. - Hurricane Dorian strengthened into an "extremely dangerous" category 4 storm as it bore down on the Bahamas and the east coast of the U.S. state of Florida.


Trump declared a state of emergency in Florida authorizing federal assistance to supplement state and local efforts.

Cooper said he had discussed hurricane preparations Sunday with FEMA, President Donald Trump and governors from neighboring states.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned Floridians not to let their guard down.

However, she added, "that storm was significantly weaker than Dorian is".

In a repeat of what it offered for Irma, Rosen Hotels & Resorts is offering discounted rates for Florida residents evacuating their homes for Dorian.


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