As the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 approach, so does Florence. Hurricane Florence, now at category 4, is expected to hit North Carolina on Thursday, the third day of WEG.
Tyron International Equestrian Center, located on the Southwest area of North Carolina, awaits the eye of the hurricane, according to meteorologists’ spaghetti models.
This week’s events at WEG include endurance, reining, dressage, and eventing. However, there are no news yet about cancellations or rescheduling of any events taking place during those days. According to the Tryon International Equestrian Center’s (TIEC) official website the “permanent stabling is incredibly secure and safe” and “in the case of severe weather which requires immediate response, [they] have a robust evacuation protocol.”
On a more positive note, there’s hope of a weaker storm due to the extensive distance between TIEC and the coasts of North and South Carolina. Hurricanes gain strength as they navigate warm waters, however, they diminish in strength as soon as they hit land. Located over 200 miles from the coast, TIEC will hopefully live through a less intense storm due to the inland position.
For further updates on WEG 2018 text “WEG2018” to 888777.
By: Alexia Thermiotis