Hurricane season is upon us and the first hurricane of the season headed up the Florida coast is taking aim at the Orlando area… the same weekend throngs of fans descend upon Walt Disney World for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The storm has officially been upgraded to hurricane status and is currently a category 1 hurricane as it bears down on Puerto Rico. Although the storm is unlikely to directly hit Puerto Rico, residents are bracing themselves for heavy rain and wind. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the people in the path of this storm and pray for the safety of everyone. We, in no way, want to diminish the seriousness of this storm and its capabilities or infer that those at Walt Disney World are the only lives that matter during this situation. Each and every person affected by this storm remain in our thoughts.
As the storm heads in a suspected path towards Florida, there are several factors that could prove difficult for residents and travelers alike. This is a holiday weekend. This weekend marks the official end of summer as this is Labor Day weekend and is one of the largest travel weekends of the year. In addition to that, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening in Walt Disney World and is expected to draw thousands of fans flocking to the official opening weekend of this much anticipated land.
Jacksonville Florida appears to be in the direct path of Dorian landfall expected to occur in the early morning hours on Monday. According to early predictions of the National Weather Service, the storm will likely be upgraded to a category 2 or category 3 hurricane at the time of landfall.
Hurricanes typically “feed” off of the water they churn up which is why many continue to gain strength as they move through the oceanic waters where they originate. It isn’t until the storm hits land that is begins to typically weaken.
An elevated weather station on Buck Island just south of St. Thomas has reported sustained winds of 82 mph and a gust of 111 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is moving toward the northwest at around 13 mph.
Tropical storm force winds could begin to hit southern Florida as early as Friday. Although the Orlando area is not going to see a direct hit of the storm as the are lies away from the shores, rain and wind is likely to affect the area towards the latter half of this long weekend.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open to guests early on Friday, August 29. You can read all about every to expect and look forward to at this incredible land HERE! on the Star Wars tab of our blog.
The impending storm is unlikely to halt festivities but could bit a bit of a damper on the weather. It is summer in Florida so guests should expect for and plan for wet conditions on a daily basis regardless.
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