Disney World may be the Most Magical Place on Earth, but even Mickey Mouse has to play by the rules of Florida weather.
Florida has faced its fair share of hurricanes over the years, the most recent being Hurricane Dorian in Fall 2019. With the 2020 hurricane season just a few months away, beginning in June, meteorological analyses are starting to share their findings for what we can expect this year — and it’s looking like it could be a little more active than normal.
According to AccuWeather’s 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecast, we might see between 14-18 tropical storms this hurricane season. Of those, seven to nine are expected to become hurricanes, and two to four could potentially turn into major hurricanes.
Hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski spoke on the quantity of the predicted storms, saying, “It’s going to be an above-normal season. On a normal year, we have around twelve storms, six hurricanes, and roughly three major hurricanes.”
AccuWeather went on to state that meteorologists will keep a watchful eye on parts of the Caribbean Sea and areas east of the Bahamas early in the season, where, according to data from a NOAA station, water temperatures have already hit 80 degrees Fahrenheit in late March.
Disney World is no stranger to hurricanes, with several major hurricanes causing temporary closures at the parks over the past two decades. Hurricane Floyd in 1999, and Hurricane Charley in 2004, both closed the parks and water parks for a day.
A month later, in September 2004, Hurricane Frances closed the parks for two days, with Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom remaining closed for a third. The next time the parks would close would be 2016 for Hurricane Matthew, followed by Hurricane Irma in 2017, and Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
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