Could a Hurricane Be Headed for Florida? Here’s What Experts Think

Traveling during hurricane season in Florida can be risky business.

Stormy day in Magic Kingdom!

You’re pretty much guaranteed to get a lot of rain during your trip, and that rain can disrupt plans, whether you’re in the theme parks or on a cruise ship. But once those storms grow into hurricanes, you’ll find yourself dealing with bigger problems than rain. And right now, the NHC has one such storm on watch.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, there’s a system brewing in the Caribbean that currently has the attention of long-term forecasts. The National Hurricane Center is currently watching and issuing advisories on Hurricane Fiona and Tropical Storm Gaston, but it also has eyes on three unnamed systems that could become the next tropical depression or storm.

Rainy day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The biggest system on watch is a tropical wave with showers and thunderstorms that are currently hovering over the southern Windward Islands. It will soon be heading in the direction of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, northwestern Venezuela, and northeastern Colombia. Experts predict that the system will form a tropical depression, with a 70% chance of formation in the next two days and a 90% chance within the next five days. Long-term forecast models currently show a variety of paths for the developing storm, but several expect it to travel over Cuba and head for Florida by next week.


Acting National Hurricane Center Director Jamie Rhome noted that conditions look favorable for the system to develop into a tropical storm as it moves off to the west-northwest over the central Caribbean Sea, and also that conditions look favorable for it to possibly become a hurricane in the northwest Caribbean Sea. Ultimately, the system’s interaction with the land around South America will determine its track.

Besides this particular system, the NHC is tracking two others with lower chances of formation. We’ll make sure to keep you updated if there’s any progress with those unnamed storms.

Rainy day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We’ll continue to watch the progress on this storm and share updates on its direction. If it forms into a hurricane and heads for Florida, there are special provisions in place for dealing with those types of conditions in the theme parks, which could include park closures. We’ll let you know if anything is announced.

The storm is still very much in the early stages, but it’s likely that its impact on Florida will include a few rainy days. If you’re visiting, make sure to come prepared with ponchos or other rain gear, and keep an eye on the weather forecasts during your visit!

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