The forecasted track for Hurricane Dorian has been updated to miss Florida, with Dorian now expected to make landfall between Georgia and the Carolinas. 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.
Even though the eye of the storm is expected to miss Florida, the state will most likely still see hurricane-force winds, flash flooding, and storm surges in coastal regions.
Here’s the latest update from the National Hurricane Center:
1. A prolonged period of life-threatening storm surge and
devastating hurricane-force winds are likely in portions of the
northwestern Bahamas, particularly on the Abaco Islands and Grand
Bahama Island. A hurricane warning is in effect for these areas,
and residents should listen to advice given by local emergency
officials and have their hurricane preparations completed today.
2. Life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force
winds are still possible along portions of the Florida east coast
by the early to middle part of next week, but since Dorian is
forecast to slow down and turn northward near the coast, it is too
soon to determine when or where the highest surge and winds will
occur. Residents should have their hurricane plan in place, know
if they are in a hurricane evacuation zone, and listen to advice
given by local emergency officials.
3. The risk of strong winds and life-threatening storm surge is
increasing along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina during
the middle of next week. Residents in those areas should continue
to monitor the progress of Dorian.
4. Heavy rains, capable of life-threatening flash floods, are
expected over portions of the Bahamas and coastal sections of the
southeastern United States this weekend through much of next week.
You can read the latest statements from the Walt Disney World Resort and the Orlando International Airport here. You can also check for any further updates for Hurricane Dorian from the National Hurricane Center here, and read up on Walt Disney World’s hurricane policy here.
Stay tuned to WDWNT as we update this story as news develops.