Hurricane Dorian | What Florida Travelers Need to Know

Updated Sunday, September 1: Hurricane Dorian has slowed its course and strengthened to a Category 5 storm. The Coconut Palms Beach Resort 2 in New Smyrna Beach has closed to guests as of yesterday and the staff is making final preparations today to secure the resort. Landfall is a possibility in Florida on Tuesday morning, and hurricane conditions are likely for anyone within 30 miles from the storm’s center. We will continue to keep everyone updated on the status of our resorts and the reopening date of Coconut Palms.

Hurricane Dorian is heading toward the central Florida coast, with an expected landfall of Monday morning, Sept. 2. The storm is expected to reach a category 4, with 130 mile per hour winds, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of now, there has been a state of emergency declared by the Florida Governor, allowing more resources to be opened up in preparation for this storm. Lots of rain and wind is expected, along with coastal flooding due to the expected storm surge. The storm is expected to dissipate by Tuesday after it hits land.

We urge all those traveling to the east coast and central Florida areas to follow updates from the National Hurricane Center and to inform your decision regarding whether or not you will travel to these areas.

If you choose not to travel to your destination, please contact the Festiva Owner Service Team at 855-411-9335 to discuss your options. Please note that our offices will be closed Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday We will be open until 6 p.m. EDT today and from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, August 30.

We will be updating this blog post and the Festiva Facebook page as soon as we hear more updates regarding Hurricane Dorian. We thank everyone for their patience, and we hope everyone has a safe Labor Day weekend.

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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