Pictures have emerged of Disney World Florida after it survived Hurricane Irma
As I'm sure you are all well aware by now, mother nature has been having the tantrum of all tantrums the past few weeks and America have had to deal with the brunt of it.
First, there was Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and destroyed the lives of thousands through flooding, powerful winds and damage on a catastrophic level. However, not done there, Hurricane Irma headed into the Caribbean and Florida, killing 41 people so far and leaving complete destruction in its wake.
The footage taken from infamous locations like Miami is almost unrecognisable from the Sunshine State we are used to seeing on our TV screens, looking completely battered and forlorn instead of drenched in sunshine and full of people. Now, incredible images have emerged from one of Florida's most iconic locations: Disney World. While the site survived the storm, it's safe to say that it has seen better days, with it looking a bit... well, broken.
As Hurricane Irma began its assault on the Caribbean last week, Disney World Florida was forced to close in preparation for the adverse weather conditions that were coming its way. On Thursday, September 7, the park posted a statement on it's Twitter account which read:
"Based on the latest forecasts for Hurricane Irma and keeping safety top of mind, Walt Disney World Resort will be closed on Sunday, September 10 and will remain closed through Monday, September 11."
The park later asked people to "observe local curfews" and remain in their resort room until they are advised to come out, a sentiment which had been echoed across various resorts in Florida and the Caribbean.
In the full statement posted onto their website, Walt Disney World said that the majority of park will go back to normal operation as of Tuesday, September 12, apart from certain areas that will need safety checks before they can be re-opened to the public.
While the park was battered by strong winds, heavy rainfall and power cuts throughout the night, there was no major damage inflicted by the storm. There is plenty of evidence that a hurricane has happened, with overturned trees, broken signs and strewn lawn chairs littered across the site. Thankfully, all it will require is a major clean-up operation, rather than a construction team or something potentially more serious.
No doubt that given the size of the park and the resources that they have available to them, it will be back to tip top condition in no time at all and operating as it has always done.
Irma has now been downgraded to a tropical depression and as the storm's power continues to dwindle, and people will return to their homes to find that the landscape of their lives has completely changed. 6.5 million homes in the Florida alone are still without power and 41 people are dead, a number which is expected to rise. As the clean up mission begins, Irma's impact is likely to be felt for years to come.