Like many natural disasters, the path of a hurricane is never 100% predictable. As of this posting, Hurricane Matthew continues on its path towards the east coast of Florida with much of Central Florida set to face, at a minimum, tropical storm-like weather over the course of the next 48 hours. With the Governor of the Florida, Rick Scott, declaring a State of Emergency early on, many residents have traveled as far west as they could to take cover, and the tourism sector is certain to be affected, even in Central Florida. In addition, there is a great possibility that Hurricane Matthew will land on or near the east coast of Florida and move north toward the Atlantic shores of Georgia and South Carolina before turning back out to wreck more havoc in the Atlantic Ocean. Again, its path could alter over the course of the coming hours, so there are numerous possibilities.
Will my favorite amusement park be closed?
If you plan to be in the southeast, it might be a good idea to monitor the weather. With that said, not all theme parks / amusement parks will be closed. If you have tickets to go to ride some roller coasters, it is a good idea to keep tabs on their websites and social media channels (especially Facebook pages and Twitter profiles). While the projections of the hurricane point to a ride up the east coast of Florida on a path towards South Carolina, Hurricane Matthew appears to be big enough that it will affect the weather at many amusement parks in the region. Also, even if the park remains open, weather conditions might be too wet for some consistent roller coaster riding, so you may also want to double check what their ticket redemption and rain check policies are for the theme parks and amusement parks that you are visiting in the coming days. For example, a 90% chance of rain Is even predicted for Carowinds in the Charlotte area on Saturday, and that is well north of the current Hurricane Matthew landfall predictions. Here are some links to many of the parks’ hours of operations.
Just be sure to stay safe and be patient, especially if you are anywhere near the path of Hurricane Matthew. With traffic on the roads, significant rain and wind, and potential power outages, it is important to be as patient as possible. But, again… SAFETY first! We want you to live to enjoy coaster trips for many years to come!
[Image of Hurricane Matthew courtesy of National Weather Service & The Weather Channel.]