Hurricane Florence | What You Need to Know as This Potentially Damaging Storm Approaches

Good morning, Folks. It’s been a busy morning at Festiva communications headquarters tracking the early movements of Hurricane Florence as it moves toward the east coast.

Although Florence still has many miles to travel and hurricane paths are overall hard to predict, this storm has the potential to increase in strength over warm water and cause significant damage upon landfall later this week. The storm also has the potential to disrupt a wide swath of resort towns along the eastern seaboard. As of Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center is tracking it to make landfall near North and South Carolina possibly Thursday afternoon, but this is just an early prediction.

Our goal in the early stages here will be to bring you information as we get it, which will help you in your decision making.

A map showing the earliest arrival times of tropical storm-force winds. Source: National Hurricane Center.

What’s the difference between a watch and a warning?

These notifications are issued by the National Weather Services using a multi-tiered escalation concept in order to identify unusual and hazardous weather conditions. These notifications are:

  • Outlookgives considerable lead-time that a hazardous event may develop.
  • Watch – issued when the risk of hazardous weather has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead-time so those who need to set their plans in motion may do so.
  • Warning – a hazardous event is occurring or has a very high probability of occurrence. Warnings advise of a threat to life or property.
  • Advisory – a hazardous event is occurring or has a very high probability of occurrence. Advisories describe events that cause significant inconvenience.

Stay informed via local weather channels and the National Hurricane Center. For more locally-focused news, we’ve compiled the following list concerning Festiva resort areas that may be impacted:

Charleston, South Carolina

http://www.live5news.com/category/136342/first-alert-hurricane-center

https://www.charleston-sc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?CID=11

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

http://www.wmbfnews.com/category/208720/hurricane-tracker

https://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/plan/visitor-resources/hurricane-information-center/

Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

http://atlanticbeach-nc.com/departments/general-information/hurricanesemergency-management/

https://www.wral.com/weather/hurricanes/

Ocean City, Maryland

Hurricane Information

Are you wondering whether to postpone your vacation?

We will be bringing you information directly from the resort managers as we get it. At this point, it’s too early to tell where this storm will land and at what intensity.

If you have questions, please call our customer service lines directly. Please do not call resort front desks in affected areas, as they are busy preparing for the storm.

Festiva Adventure Club members should call FAC member services at 866-933-7848 with any questions.

Fixed week members should contact member services at 855-411-9335 with any questions.

Escapes Float members should call member services at 1-800-266-7374 with any questions.

ETC members should call member services at 1-888-382-4386 with any questions.

If you are not a member or owner with any of the above groups and you have a reservation at a resort that may be impacted, then please contact the entity that confirmed your reservation if you wish to change your plans.

As always, the safety of our resort employees and guests is our primary focus. Please continue to check the Festiva Blog as well as the Festiva Facebook page for updates on this storm and specifics. For weather updates, please check local resources for the affected areas listed above or visit www.nhc.noaa.gov. We thank you for your continued patience in the face of this powerful storm.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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