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#Hurricane #Irma is forcing #Walt #Disney World to shut down for only the sixth time in the resort’s 45-year history.
The resort is closed Sunday and will remain shuttered through Monday, the park announced on Friday. Hotels remain open. Disney World aims to re-open Tuesday, a company spokesperson said.
This marks the second-straight year Disney World will shut its gates because of severe weather: Hurricane Matthew forced it to close last October.
Disney World comprises four main theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. The resort also includes water parks, hotels and an ESPN sports complex on 25,000 acres of land southwest of Orlando.
Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the world, according to industry group Themed Entertainment Association’s annual report. More than 20 million people visited the park in 2016. The #resort employs 73,000 people.
Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios were also among the top 10 most-visited theme
Irma so far and what’s next
#Hurricane Irma will bear down on Fort Myers, north of #Naples, within the hour as a category two storm, with sustained winds of 110mph. Storm surges have begun in and around Naples, with waters rising more than four feet in less than an hour and forecasts predicting as much as 10-15ft above ground level.
Hurricane #Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key at 9.10am, with sustained winds of 130mph. #Massive #storm surges, estimated at 10ft or higher, inundated buildings, overwhelmed roads and cut off the Keys from mainland Florida.
Parts of downtown #Miami flooded with #rainwater and storm surges several feet deep, and tornadoes swept across swaths of south-eastern Florida. Winds toppled two construction cranes in downtown Miami, and all around south Florida brought down trees, live power lines, and street signs.
The storm then swept along the south-western coast line before making landfall again at Marco Island and Naples, at 3.35pm, as a category three sto
Hurricane Irma’s winds have started whipping Florida as the storm spins on a new track that puts Tampa — not Miami — in its crosshairs. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday that Irma is now a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. […]
Hurricane Irma shifts course, threatening Tampa — live updates
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Hurricane Irma’s winds have started whipping Florida as the storm spins on a new track that puts Tampa — not Miami — in its crosshairs.
The U.S. National #Hurricane #Center in #Miami said Saturday that #Irma is now a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. Forecasters expect the storm to pick strength back up as it moves away from Cuba and toward the Florida Keys.
The storm’s center was about 115 miles southeast of Key West, #Florida, as of 5 p.m.
Meteorologists say damaging winds from Irma’s outer bands were already arriving in South Florida.
Mexico was hit by an 8.2 quake. California could get hit by one, too. (Los Angeles Times)
The 8.2 magnitude earthquake that ravaged southern Mexico on Thursday was the largest to shake the country in nearly a century.
Like California, #Mexico is a seismically active region that has seen smaller quakes that have caused death and destruction. But Thursday’s temblor is a reminder that even larger quakes — while rare — do occur.
Scientists say it’s possible for Southern California to be hit by a magnitude 8.2 earthquake. Such a quake would be far more destructive to the #LosAngeles area because the #SanAndreas fault runs very close to and underneath densely populated areas.
The devastating quakes that hit #California over the last century were far smaller than the Thursday temblor, which the Mexican authorities set at magnitude 8.2 and the U.S. Geological Survey placed at 8.1. Mexico’s #earthquake produced four times more energy than the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a #ma
MIAMI — After battering Cuba early Saturday and leaving more than 20 dead across the Caribbean, a dangerous Hurricane Irma is taking aim at south Florida with winds nearing 160 mph as another hurricane follows close behind. Irma regained Category 5 status overnight, then dropped back to Category 4 […]
Hurricane Irma pummels Cuba before expected turn to Florida
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#MIAMI — After battering Cuba early Saturday and leaving more than 20 dead across the Caribbean, a dangerous #HurricaneIrma is taking aim at south Florida with #winds nearing 160 mph as another hurricane follows close behind.
#Irma regained Category 5 status overnight, then dropped back to Category 4 early Saturday as thousands of people in the #Caribbean fought desperately to find shelter or escape their storm-blasted islands and more than 6 million people in #Florida and #Georgia were warned to leave their homes. Wind speeds early Saturday were about 155 mph
#Hurricane Irma #forecast to strike Florida Keys as Category 5
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Hurricane Irma is now forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a #Category 5 #storm.
“Obviously Hurricane #Irma continues to be a threat that is going to #devastate the United States,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said at a press conference Friday morning. “We’re going to have a couple rough days.”
Irma was downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 storm early Friday morning. As of 5 p.m. Eastern Time, the storm was moving west at 12 mph and located 345 miles southeast of Miami.
The National Hurricane Center cautioned that Irma is “extremely dangerous,” with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, which are strong enough to uproot trees, bring down power poles and rip off the roofs and some exterior walls of well-built frame homes.
Map: The expected path of Hurricane Irma as project at 2pm ET, Sept. 8. 2017.