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12 Sep 2017

BY Jennifer Morris

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Disney theme parks due to reopen following Irma; Florida Keys in 'crisis'

Walt Disney World’s Theme Parks and Disney Springs are due to reopen today after Hurricane Irma shut them down on Sunday and Monday.

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Photos and videos surfaced online of trees knocked down at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park

Photos and videos surfaced online of trees knocked down at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, with winds of up to 58mph.

 

It was only the sixth time in the resort’s 45-year history severe weather has forced the theme park to close.

 

Universal Orlando also announced that it would reopen at 9am today after a two-day closure.


A weakened Irma brought rain and wind to much of the US yesterday and today after causing at least 11 deaths in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.


Irma, which was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone this morning, affected a wide swath of the southeast and Tennessee and Ohio Valleys.


As of early this morning, Irma was about 65 miles southwest of Atlanta, moving north-northwest at 15mph with sustained winds of 35mph, ABC News reports. The storm is expected to continue to weaken as its continues.


Hurricane Jose, which has lingered in the Atlantic without making landfall for days, continues to stall.


Elsewhere, the New York Post reports that Florida Keys is in the throes of a “humanitarian crisis”, with residents potentially unable to return for weeks.


The archipelago was hit by 130mph winds, causing widespread destruction and leaving residents without water, power or mobile phone service.

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