Tropical Disturbance Appears in the Atlantic
It’s been relatively, dare I say quiet, so far this hurricane season. But now is generally the month activity starts to heat up in the Atlantic. And hot off the coast of Africa is a tropical disturbance trying to churn this way.
The area of low pressure is a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands. It is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. The NHC says it has a 10% chance of becoming a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next 48 hours.
The system should pass over cooler waters on Thursday, weakening its chances of strengthening. However, if it does happen to strengthen to winds of 39 mph, it will become the 6th storm of the season named Fred.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict this season to be very active with 14-20 named storms. Typically, there are about 14 named storms a year.
If you happen to have a trip planned during peak hurricane season, you shouldn’t have much to worry about as Disney World has closed only 7 times since they opened due to hurricanes.
- 1999- Hurricane Floyd
- 2004- Hurricane Charley
- 2004- Hurricane Frances
- 2004- Hurricane Jeanne
- 2016- Hurricane Matthew
- 2017- Hurricane Irma
- 2019- Hurricane Dorian
If your trip is threatened by a hurricane, Disney’s hurricane policy will step in.
Disney’s Official Hurricane Policy is as follows:
- If a Hurricane Warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando are OR your place of residence within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, guests have the option of calling in advance to reschedule your vacation package or room reservations to another date.
- Under these circumstances, cancellation or change fees would not be imposed by Disney.
- Products and services provided by third-party suppliers included in your vacation (like flights and car rentals) are not refundable by Disney. You would need to contact the companies directly to find out what their individual policies are.
We will closely monitor the development of this storm and keep our readers informed as always!
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Info Source: Orlando Sentinel
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