Latest Updates on Hurricane Dorian Ahead of Labor Day Weekend at Walt Disney World

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Better pack a few extra umbrellas for your upcoming trip to Batuu. Oh, and some ponchos. Actually, start practicing your Force barriers now so you can shield yourselves from the thunderstorms.

“Oh, so you’ve packed a dollar store poncho. That’s nice. Good luck with that. Yeah.”

There’s little that can keep a Disney or Star Wars fan away from the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this weekend, but with recent announcements from the National Hurricane Center, it’s important you take heed and plan ahead, because it seems that Hurricane Dorian is en route to Florida, and gaining strength that might level it up to a full-fledged hurricane.

From the NHS:

2:00 PM (ET) UPDATE:

Dorian has officially been named a hurricane near St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Multiple observations of hurricane-force winds in St. Thomas…

Another official update is expected at 5:00 PM with current trajectory predictions.

11:00 AM (ET) UPDATE:

All indications are that by this Labor Day weekend, a powerful hurricane will be near the Florida or southeastern coast of the United States. The new NHC track forecast is not significantly different from the previous one, and it very closely follows the multi-model consensus TVCA and the HCCA. Users are reminded not to focus on the exact forecast track, as the average 5-day track error is around 200 miles.

Key Messages:

1. Hurricane conditions are expected in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Culebra, and Vieques today. Tropical storm conditions are expected in Puerto Rico today with hurricane conditions possible.

2. Heavy rainfall over portions of Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands could produce flash flooding during the next couple of days. Heavy rains are expected to occur over portions of the Bahamas, Florida, and elsewhere in the southeastern Untied States later this week and into early next week.

3. The risk of dangerous storm surge and hurricane-force winds is increasing in the central and northwestern Bahamas and along the Florida east coast, although it is too soon to determine where these hazards will occur. Residents in these areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place and not focus on the exact forecast track of Dorian’s center.

You can 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.

Please be safe out there, and may the Spires keep you! We’ll be posting updates as further announcements are released by official weather centers. Our most recent Hurricane Dorian update post can be found here.

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Jessica lives in South Florida with her 15-pound cat Gordo and a small army of Tsum Tsums. You can contact her, ideally with photos of your cats, at [email protected]

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Red grange
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Red grange

Looks like the perfect excuse for an epic fail.

Austin Ray
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Austin Ray

Yeah like Disney controls the weather now

Laura
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Laura

what doe disney do if a hurricane hits?

Austin Ray
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Austin Ray

Last one that hit directly – Irma I believe – the parks were obviously closed, and guests were told to shelter in their hotel rooms. The following day things returned to “normal” aside from anything actually impacted by the storm, ride inspections began, and debris removal started. All seemed back to normal within a week.

stadalberts
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stadalberts

Anyone who is on property will be advised to stay indoors, and they usually close the parks as well.

SJames
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SJames

Some of the staff stayed in the hotel with guests, providing sack lunches and even some “entertainment,” games for kids, etc. Disney does try to work out tickets for days missed, hotel accommodations if you need to extend due to flights cancelled but trip insurance is advisable.

stadalberts
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stadalberts

Batten the hatches mateys, we are in for a BIG one this time…

Lee mcmahon
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Lee mcmahon

Big one …..only in USA,lol everything’s bigger in the USA ,stay safe buddy

jonathan
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jonathan

thank you for the update, and posting the hours of the updates, but you don’t specify what is the DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. I have no idea what day:
“From the NHS:
2:00 PM (ET) UPDATE:” is the update. Nor do I know when you wrote this article.

Jason Diffendal
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Jason Diffendal

The date the article was published is at the top right under the title.
It’s also in the tweet from the NHS.

jonathan
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jonathan

OH!!! that tiny thing in the picture??? Never saw it. thank you.

clyde
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clyde

good luck