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

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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