Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2019

Hurricane Dorian: Virgin Atlantic flights to Florida face being cancelled –’Under review’ | World | News

Orlando Airport has decided to stop all commercial flights on Monday September 2 due to the storm which is expected to make landfall in Florida. Hurricane Dorian is an “extremely dangerous” category four storm and the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has warned of winds and storm surges. The storm is currently on the move towards the northern Bahamas where hurricane warnings are in effect.

The storm is expected to bring winds of up to 145 mph which will cause flooding, loss of power and structural damage to buildings.

Virgin Atlantic tweeted: “Due to Hurricane Dorian we are in the process of reviewing flight schedules from Monday September 2.”

The update from the airline said: “We have been monitoring Hurricane Dorian’s movements closely and we are aware of Orlando International Airport’s decision to exercise caution and cease commercial flight operations on Monday 2 September from 2am.

“The safety and comfort of our customers and crew is our absolute priority and we are working through recovery preparations for those customers in Orlando when the airfield is reopened.

“When these plans are finalised, we will contact customers directly with information and advice.”

Virgin Atlantic has asked passengers to check their website to see if there are any changes to their flight schedules.

President Trump has declared a state of emergency in Florida and authorised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) to lead their disaster-relief efforts.

Mr Trump tweeted: “It is important to heed the directions of your State and Local Officials,” he wrote.

“This is an extremely dangerous storm.”

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“There is still substantial middle- and upper-level dry air on the south side of the hurricane, as shown by tonight’s G-IV mission, which has been allowing only slow strengthening during the day.

“As Dorian turns west-northwestward, however, shear should drop somewhat due to it moving on the northeast side of an upper-level low near the Florida Straits, and the winds aloft will no longer be pointed toward the core, which will help decrease dry air entrainment.

“All these changes should promote intensification while Dorian moves over the 29C waters east of Florida, so the intensity forecast is raised from the previous one, consistent with the corrected-consensus guidance.

“Unfortunately, I don’t see any large-scale factors that would prevent Dorian from becoming an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane during the next few days.”

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