Hurricane Dorian is about to make a beeline for Florida and he’s not messing around. While he hit Puerto Rico yesterday as a Category 1, he’s expected to reach us by Monday and quite possibly as a Category 3.
So we thought, what the hey, let’s do our best to pool all the resources we think you should have handy in one succinct article. Behold:
Pet-owners: this thorough list of useful things to know in the event the hurricane does reach us as a Category 3 is pretty helpful. It includes tips on where to find pet shelters, what goes in a pet disaster kit, and the best hiding places for you and your furry friends.
If you think you might need sandbags, here’s a handy list of all the places to get free ones around town.
UCF students, school officials said they are still monitoring the storm but no decisions have been made yet about closures or potential “ride-out locations.” They said they’ll keep you posted via the UCF Alert system. For other local school districts, a decision should be made today on closures, etc.
Also, this is a good source for monitoring power outages.
And if you were planning on vacationing in Puerto Rico this week, most flights out of MCO have since been canceled.
Lastly, this is the Reddit thread you want to read right now. Tom Terry, Chief Meteorologist at WFTV, has offered to answer all of your burning Hurricane Dorian questions and some are super useful and others are just outright hysterical.
In other news …
Here’s the latest on restaurants coming and going around town. Plus a solid lineup of upcoming foodie events including a bacon and beer pairing and a Pokemon-themed pop-up bar. (Orlando Weekly)
How many self-storage units are too many? Well, we’ve got 300 personal storage units around Central Florida with 36 more in the pipeline and some developers say the market is becoming saturated. (Orlando Sentinel)
Six Central Florida artists from different artistic backgrounds will have a studio at Maitland Art & History museum for the year as part of its Artists-in-Action program. Do you recognize any of these faces? We do, shoutout to Macrame Momma. (Orlando Weekly)
Park(ing) Day, an event intended to reclaim parking spaces for humans, is coming to College Park on Sept. 20 and the last day to get your applications in for your own spot are due Monday. (Facebook)
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We’ve recently been experimenting with these “eat like you live here” videos where we show you how to eat and prepare seasonal produce and welp, we’re at the height of mango season in Florida. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and always for dessert. They can be enjoyed green or ripe. Or you can bite right into a mango and let it drip all over the sink.
The more seasoned (heh) mango eaters also sprinkle them with lime, salt and spices. Or they mix some mangoes with ice cream and leche condensada, and turn it into a smoothie. The list goes on and on.
And while there might not be a wrong way to eat a mango, there’s definitely a right way to cut it. Since mango season is in full swing, we made a video to show you how to slice and dice your mango like a pro.
Also, if you’ve got a ripe avocado laying around, this video is for you.
🎶 Sunday, August 25: Opera on Park is back and it’s kicking off the season with a performance by local opera singers Camille Ortiz, Gabriel Preisser, baritone and Robin Stamper. There will be light refreshments, wine and a special season launch presentation at this performance. (Winter Park)
🎶 Next Sunday, September 1: Hear from some of Orlando’s greatest opera performers, Ben Gulley and Robin Stamper, at Opera on Park. (Winter Park)
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Monday — Happy Labor Day
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In tomorrow’s newsletter, we’ll answer your next burning question about the ins and outs of affordable housing in Orlando. We hope to spend this three-month deep dive on the challenges we face and give you something actionable by the end of it, even if it just means winning at the watercooler when it comes to knowing everything related to housing.
In any case, we’ll see you tomorrow, Orlando.