Disney World and SeaWorld to Close Early Amid Hurricane Dorian Precautions

Pablo Tucker
September 3, 2019

Then, Dorian should turn northwest and continue up the coast of Georgia, before finding itself off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday morning.

While it was expected to stay offshore, meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that "only a small deviation" could draw the storm's unsafe core toward land.

For now, it seems Dorian's main impacts on New Jersey will be winds gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour along the shore on Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service said in its Tuesday morning briefing. It was centered 25 miles northeast of Freeport - roughly the same distance from the city as at 9 a.m. Monday.

Hurricane Dorian is continuing to wreak havoc in the Bahamas, where massive storms and flooding have killed five people and left many stranded on the Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands over the weekend.

Now a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, Dorian was expected to remain in that category until Saturday, when it should drop to a Category 1 with wind speeds of about 85 miles per hour.

A mandatory evacuation of entire SC coast took effect Monday covering about 830,000 people, and transportation officials reversed all lanes of Interstate 26 from Charleston to head inland earlier than planned after noticing traffic jams from evacuees and vacationers heading home on Labor Day, Gov. Henry McMaster said. It has barely budged from that position since Monday afternoon. Parts of those states were under mandatory evacuation.

Despite the prediction that the storm wouldn't make landfall, life-threatening storm surges and unsafe winds were still expected for portions of the coasts of Florida, Georgia and SC.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for. Polk County, where Legoland is located, is under a tropical storm watch.

Universal Orlando Resort said in an update Monday night that its two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, would open on schedule Tuesday.

Dorian now has maximum sustained wind speeds of 120mph, and the current death toll stands at at least five people.

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