Your flight plans may be changing…
Tropical storms and hurricanes are common occurrences in the state of Florida, and their impact can be deadly and devastating. Right now, the incoming tropical storm, Idalia, is preparing to create a trail of destruction. The state is closely monitoring this tumultuous storm, its path, and the efforts being made to mitigate its impact.
National Hurricane Center Warns the State
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tasked with monitoring and predicting the behavior of tropical storms and hurricanes. When it comes to Idalia, they are currently on high alert as the storm approaches the Gulf Coast.
Just yesterday, an official Hurricane watch was issued for the Florida Gulf Coast and surrounding areas. While those areas will be affected the most, tourists should be prepared for heavy weather in other parts of the state as well.
Understandably, tourists planning to visit Walt Disney World Resort this upcoming week are incredibly concerned about the Idalia hurricane warning. As this storm surge is strengthening into a hurricane, Walt Disney World Resort is currently closely monitoring the rapid intensification of this storm. They announced;
“Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions. We are closely monitoring the path of the projected weather as we continue to prioritize the safety of our Guests and Cast Members.”
Walt Disney World statement about #Idalia as of 3pm ET on Aug. 28:
"Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions. We are closely monitoring the path of the projected weather as we continue to prioritize the safety of our Guests and Cast Members." pic.twitter.com/En3URcdfbZ
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) August 28, 2023
Airport Closes in Wake of Hurricane Watch
However, it now seems that many fans may not even be able to make it into the state. On Monday morning, August 28, the Tampa International Airport (TPA) announced that it would be closing due to Idalia. TPA will close at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday and will remain closed until it is deemed safe.
🚨 TPA TO CLOSE DUE TO IDALIA 🚨
We will close at 12:01 AM Tuesday
✈️ Check directly with your airline for the latest flight updates
⛈️ TPA is not a shelter
📱 Stay tuned to our social media for the latest
— Tampa International Airport ✈️ (@FlyTPA) August 28, 2023
This may greatly derail the flight plans for Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort. TPA is advising tourists to contact airlines individually to receive flight updates.
Right now, the most important thing is that everyone stays safe as this storm blows through Florida. Walt Disney World isn’t going anywhere; the safety of you and your family is the most important thing.