Will the Hurricane effect any parks?

Tuesday, September 16, 2003 4:09 PM
Has anybody heard if BGW or KD have modified there operating schedules or anything because of Hurricane Isabel? I think it is suppose to float right over them.

I Imagine there will be a mess to clean up after it's gone.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 4:37 PM
I am going to CP this weekend, and I have heard that the effects might make it as far as Ohio just in time. That would really suck because I haven't had good weather at that place for 3 years.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 4:42 PM
It wouldn't surprise me if the remnants did make it to Cedar Point. I recall working bonus weekends in 1995 when the remnants of a hurricane or tropical storm made it all the way to the point. It was a lousy weekend for the guests.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 4:50 PM
As much as I love the parks around here, my concern isnt' for them right now. First I'm watching out for myself, and preparing to move inland should I have to (though things are looking much better for MD). First I hope that no people are hurt....then I'll hope no rollercoasters are hurt :)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 4:55 PM
I'm starting to secure my place now. I got a tree down on my house four years ago.

I strongly suspect that a lot of parks will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday depending on where they are.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 5:10 PM
I'm just hoping that GADV stays open friday evening for the Chrysler ERT event that im going to. :)

I'm also hoping no lives are hurt /taken when the hurricane makes landfall soon.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 5:33 PM
I can see the parks in Virginia and North Carolina possibly closing for the day if the threat becomes great enough. From watching the Weather Channel, it doesn't appear like the storm's remnants will reach as far west as Ohio. It appears like once Isabel moves inland, it will take a rapid track to the north and eventually the north east. Let's hope for the best and goodluck Peabody!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 6:04 PM

Peabody said:
As much as I love the parks around here, my concern isnt' for them right now. First I'm watching out for myself, and preparing to move inland should I have to (though things are looking much better for MD). First I hope that no people are hurt....then I'll hope no rollercoasters are hurt :)

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I hope you're right, but from where I sit (just south of Baltimore) it doesn't appear we are out of the woods yet.

Latest projections show Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion could recieve nearly direct hits. It should pass well to the west of Hersheypark (which was trashed pretty badly by Agnes in 1972) . Kennywood also appears to be in the direct path, but the storm should be considerably weaker by then. Bear in mind this storm is nearly 400 miles wide!!

The storm is projected to pass to the west of the Chesapeake Bay, which means there will be substantial flooding all the way up the bay. If you are on the eastern side of a 'cane the winds tend to push the water north.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 6:30 PM
SFA could suffer damage as a result of this hurricane as well,let's hope S:ROS is still standing when all is said & done along with DZ at PKD & all the stuff down at BGW.

Right now my main concern is for my brother & his wife,they both live down in virginia beach & more than likely are gonna get hit far worse down there than the folks up here in the northern VA/DC metro area,& we're expected to take quite a pounding up here as it is,so you know it's gonna be worse down there.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 6:34 PM
They said before that floods could be comparable to that of 1972 here in Central PA. Knoebels had some serious damage in '72, lets hope there's not a repeat this weekend...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003 7:46 PM
I live in the NC Mountains, so all I'm currently expecting is really wet and windy weather. Not sure if Carowinds will be harmed, other than some possible flooding.

My prayers go out to all those in the storm's path. I have relatives who have had to leave there homes on the NC Coast because of the approaching storm.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 11:19 AM
This is what BGW has said so far:

"The safety of our guests and employees is our highest priority and it’s too early to speculate on whether Busch Gardens will be open Friday. We will have to assess the storm damage if Hurricane Isabel hits this area and will open only if the park is safe for guests and employees. Please reference our operating schedule as dates and times are subject to change without notice."

I live in NC near the coast and Isabel is already making her introduction to us as I type this. It's not good so far and she still hasn't made landfall yet. Everyone stay safe. I've got my flashlights, water, and of course, Pop Tarts so wish me luck! :)

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*** This post was edited by Lorrie 9/17/2003 3:19:49 PM ***

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 11:29 AM
Good luck Lorrie, and to all of those in the path of isabel....stay SAFE, and be as prepared as possible...(like Lorrie with her Pop Tarts)...;)
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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 11:37 AM
My cousins and great aunt live a couple miles from Busch Gardens. I hope everything goes well. They are right on the water there.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 11:42 AM
Yes Lorrie, stay safe. I'm awaiting the storm as well, but it won't be showing up here until tomorrow (although it will be much weaker by then). Perhaps I'll have to make a trip to the store and purchase some Little Debbie Fudge Rounds this evening.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 11:48 AM
Okay.. Isabel isn't that strong of a hurricane. It's a strong cat. 2 which isn't bad at all. I live on the SC coast and have been in the middle of much bigger storms than that. People are acting like this is Andrew or something. It is not strong enough to do hardly ANY damage to parks. Plus, the parks and rides were designed to withstand that kinda stuff. Andrew was cat. 5 and hit in the heart of the theme park capital. Hardly anything was destroyed.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 12:55 PM
From a structural standpoint, nothing that is in those parks that is major, i.e. - Drop Zone, Hypersonic, Alpie, will be affected that much. They're designed to withstand some substantial winds and they'll be just fine.

From a financial standpoint, a Richmond hotel lost my money and PKD lost my season pass money for the time being - I've been planning a weekend in VA at PKD this weekend for like a month, and Isabel has directed me westward - 3 days at the Point are much cheaper than 2 at PKD anyway.

Good luck to all of thsoe in this thing's path. I'm a weather junkie so I get a slight thrill out of seeing a big storm like this, but it always kind of amazes me in the days leading up to landfall of the way everyone just kinda sits there watching it come and there isn't a damn thing anyone can do about it ... just gives me the creeps sometimes how powerless we are against something so powerful. Stay safe, stay dry and if you're not in the path, go ride some coasters for those that get washed out!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 1:14 PM
LOL!! This just in, the entire MD public school system is closed tomorrow, so I'll be bored all day. Personally, we could've gone, as the cane isn't supposed to reach us until tomorrow night, but I guess they aren't taking chances.

Anyway, I just hope that everything(peeps, houses, cable, coasters, etc.) make it through this storm in good shape.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 1:30 PM

RollerJunkie said:
Okay.. Isabel isn't that strong of a hurricane. It's a strong cat. 2 which isn't bad at all. I live on the SC coast and have been in the middle of much bigger storms than that. People are acting like this is Andrew or something. It is not strong enough to do hardly ANY damage to parks. Plus, the parks and rides were designed to withstand that kinda stuff. Andrew was cat. 5 and hit in the heart of the theme park capital. Hardly anything was destroyed.

Well, with a couple feet of rainfall, I don't see how that couldn't do hardly any damage.

Sure the rides will stand up, but cleaning out flooded buildings can't be too cheap.

By the way, aren't you supposed to be evacuating if you live on the SC coast?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003 2:17 PM
Actually I think Isabel is holding out on 3 as of now. Sure, it's not close to how strong it was churning out in the Atlantic a few days ago, but it is still quite forceful.

While it is nothing compared Hugo or Andrew, I just thought it would be a good topic...no reason to start accusing people of over-reacting...

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