Disney World Closes Parks Due To Hurricane Dorian

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Hurricane and storm surge warnings are well and truly in effect for large areas along Florida’s east coast, as the formidable Hurricane Dorian stampedes its way across the Bahamas and directly into the State’s path.

The hurricane, which has now been labeled as a “Catastrophic Category 5 storm,” has produced the strongest and most deadly wind speeds on modern record, and up to 1.5 million east coast residents could be facing an emergency evacuation in the next couple of days.

The deadly storm, which is currently parked over the Bahamas, claimed its first victim. 7-year-old Lachino Mcintosh tragically drowned while his family attempted to flee their home in the Abacos, Bahamas, local press has claimed.

And now it seems set to cause even more destruction, as there’s a huge tourist attraction in Hurrican Dorian’s path.

 

Dorian initially developed from a tropical wave in the Central Atlantic on August twenty-fourth last week. Since then, however, it has grown into an extremely powerful tropical cyclone and is currently causing widespread flooding and destruction to the Bahamas.

But what exactly is a Category 5 hurricane? Well, even our president doesn’t quite know the answer to that. President Trump unbelievably revealed his confusion over the storm, despite 4 of them having threatened the U.S. during his presidency.  

“We don’t even know what’s coming at us. All we know is it’s possibly the biggest. I have – I’m not sure that I’ve ever even heard of a Category 5. I knew it existed. And I’ve seen some Category 4’s – you don’t even see them that much.” “But a Category 5 is something that – I don’t know that I’ve ever even heard the term other than I know it’s there. That’s the ultimate, and that’s what we have, unfortunately.”

For your information, and the president’s, the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale classifies hurricanes by the intensity of their sustained winds. Category 5 is the highest classification on the scale, and only storms of wind gusts of at least 156 mph can be classed in this category.

Being a Category 5 hurricane, Dorian has gathered up wind gusts of up to 200 mph across the Carribean – more powerful than any other type of hurricane in existence.    

The storm first hit Abacos as a Category 2 storm but has gradually moved across the Bahamas, all while being bumped up to Category 4 by The National Hurricane Center in mere days. And the damage is staggering. Roofs have been ripped off, cars overturned, and power lines pulled from the ground as thousands of people sheltered in schools, churches, and hurricane shelters. It has now come to a standstill over Grand Bahama Island, but is expected to move onwards today.

Quite worrying considering our president doesn’t have a clue what it is, don’t you think? Hurricane Dorian is stampeding right towards the path of Florida’s peninsula, and today is the critical day that is likely to determine whether the state is dealt a powerful blow or a less intense scrape.

And its arrival is expected somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia.

“Although it remains uncertain just how close the eye of Dorian will get to the Florida east coast, the threat of damaging winds and life-threatening storm surge remains high,” the National Weather Service office in Melbourne wrote. “There will be considerable impacts and damage to coastal areas, with at least some effects felt inland as well!”

Serious storm effects are likely in coastal Georgia and the Carolinas in the middle and latter half of the week as Dorian picks up speed and heads north.

President Trump on Friday approved an emergency declaration for Florida and “ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Dorian,” the White House has said.

Roughly 540,000 people live on the state’s 100-mile coast. Areas that are facing evacuation include parts of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties. It is estimated that up to 1.5 million people could be ordered to flee the U.S. coastline in the next couple of days.    

Gov. Ron DeSantis has urged residents to “make preparations” for a 7-day power outage after issuing a state of emergency for all sixty-seven counties.

“I think a lot of Floridians are heeding the advice because they see that the storm could be really powerful, potentially a major impact,” DeSantis told Fox News. He also said that Florida has millions of gallons of water for distribution and FEMA is prepared to distribute water as well.

And big companies are working hard in order to prepare Flordia for the impact of the storm. “We’re also working with companies like Publix and Walmart to get those shelves restocked because we know that’s important,” DeSantis said.  

Sadly, not everyone who experienced Dorian’s wrath in the Bahamas was able to prepare for the storm in time.

This morning, following on from horrifying footage of the storm, the Bahamas Press reported that a boy, aged only 7, was the first person known to have died in the hurricane.    

Tragically, while his family was attempting to leave their home in Abacos, little Lachino was dragged away in the ferocious currents, and subsequently drowned.

And his family are still attempting to locate their child and their home, The Bahama Press has reported.

But, with the ferocious winds and deadly floods, the death toll is heartbreakingly expected to rise and rise within the next week. We can only hope that Florida doesn’t face the same fate.

It’s set to hit Florida today. Although the storm has been downgraded from a category five to a category three, this actually means its set to grow bigger as the central winds expand outwards.

“Life-threatening storm surges and dangerous hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Florida east coast and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina, regardless of the exact track of Dorian’s center. Water levels could begin to rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds.”

And now the storm is heading towards popular theme parks in the area. Walt Disney World has shut the majority of its parks, making this statement. “We are closely monitoring the progress of the storm and are making operational adjustments as needed, because nothing is more important than the safety of our guests and cast members. In keeping with our strong commitment to safety, our history of being prepared during inclement weather and to continue to delight guests who are staying at our resorts, Walt Disney World Resort is adjusting its operating hours beginning Tuesday, September 3.”

SeaWorld, Aquatica, Legoland, and Busch Gardens are all shutting for the day. But Universal Studios has claimed that they plan to remain open as usual throughout the storm.

With the Hurricane set to hit imminently, we only hope that these decisions have been made to ensure safety, rather than to maximize profit.