HURRICANE Dorian is barging towards theme park capital Orlando sparking fears for Disney World holidaymakers. *******
The deadly 225 mph mega storm made landfall in the Bahamas with devastating force on Sunday, ripping off roofs, flipping cars and sending flood waters gushing through the streets.
The deadly hurricane is due to wreak havoc along the Florida coastline
has already killed a boy, seven, with more deaths feared after the country PM dubbed it the worst storm ever seen.
And the category 5 hurricane is now heading straight for Florida, sparking fears for thousands of holidaymakers.
Dorianis due to strike Orlando on Wednesday morning and skirt up the Florida coast , according to current predictions.
Most theme parks there including Disney were this weekend still operating normally, despite authorities warning about “life-threatening” weather conditions starting midweek.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned: “Life threatening storm surges and dangerous hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Florida east coast through mid-week, and storm surge and hurricane warnings are in effect .
“Only a slight deviation to the left of the official forecast would bring the core of Dorian near or over the Florida east coast.”
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23 Locals board up a cafe in Daytona Beach, Florida, ahead of the storm Credit: EPA
23 Officials set up beds at an evacuation center at a school in Stuart, Florida Credit: AP: Associated Press
Tricia Cheshire, a resident of Amelia Island sunbathes for the last few minutes before storms hit the coast in Jacksonville, Florida Credit: Reuters
23 Video clips showed upturned boats left in the hurricane’s wake
23 The storm is alr eady tearing apart homes on the Abaco Islands Credit: @julmisjames
23 Flood waters have started to swallow up many homes
23 Disney World in Orlando was operating normally over the weekend (file image) Credit: AP: Associated Press
Throngs of tourists continued to defy storm warnings, packing into Florida’s theme parks yesterday.
But others were seen getting out just in time, with the Disney shop in Orlando Airport packed with people snagging souvenirs before boarding a plane home, the (New York Times) Reports.
A Disney spokesperson said: “Walt Disney World Resort is operating under normal conditions.
“We are closely monitoring the path of the projected weather, as nothing is more important than the safety of our guests and cast members.”
But visitors were urged to keep checking the website for updates.
Around 1.5million people have been evacuated from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida as the monster storm approaches.
Residents were pictured stocking up on emergency supplies like food, water and batteries, while others boarded up homes and businesses to protect them as best they could.
‘GET TO SAFETY’
The governors of South Carolina and Georgia ordered more than a million people to evacuate their coasts beginning Monday after Dorian devastated the Bahamas.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp both announced mandatory evacuation orders to take effect at noon Monday.
The South Carolina order covers all of Beaufort and Charleston counties and parts of the rest of the state’s coastal counties, which state officials estimated covered 830, 000 People.
How hurricanes are measured
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed.
A Category 1 storm has sustained winds of 74 – 95 mph
A Category 2 storm has sustained winds of 96 – 110 mph
A Category 3 storm has sustained winds of 111 – 129 mph
A Category 4 storm has sustained winds of 130 – 156 mph
A Category 5 storm has sustained winds of 156 MPH
The Georgia order covers people who live east of Interstate 95 in the counties along the Atlantic coast; that includes Savannah and most of its 150, 000 residents.
Mandatory evacuation orders in Florida are for low-lying and flood-prone areas and mobile homes.
These take effect starting either Sunday or Monday from Palm Beach County north to at least the Daytona Beach area.
More than 600 Labor Day flights in the US have been cancelled, many of them in Florida.
As of Sunday evening, there were 227 flight cancellations at Orlando’s main airport and an additional 62 at Orlando Sanford International Airport, according to FlightAware.
And several Amazon facilities in the state have also been closed, with customers revealing they were told the company will not be delivering to Florida until after September 9.
But in the Bahamas, where the storm has caused so much devastation, officials blasted “idiots” who were filmed taking to the sea in the middle of the hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center said: “We have seen videos in the Abacos of people venturing out in the eye of # Dorian.
“Everyone should take shelter immediately as winds will increase rapidly and unpredictably after the eye passes.”
British Royal Navy auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay is due to arrive in the Bahamas today carrying aid, building materials and special equipment to help locals.
23 This man was filmed in the Bahamas taking to the ocean in an inflatable dinghy Credit: Instagram
Officials urged everyone in the Bahamas to take cover during the storm Credit: Instagram
The eye of the storm is barging towards Florida’s eastern coast Credit: AFP or licensors
23 This car was pummelled by winds topping 185 mph
23 Uprooted trees, fallen power lines and debris scattered on road as the hurricane sweeps through Marsh Harbor, Bahamas Credit: Reuters
23 Katarina Kiehne walks Coco along the beach of Amelia Island before a storm hits the coast prior to Hurricane Dorian in Jacksonville Credit: Reuters
23 Hurricane Dorian is viewed from the International Space Station Credit : Reuters
23 Floridians prepare for Hurricane Dorian Credit : EPA
23 Indialantic Beach, Florida. People enjoy the heavy surf generated by Hurricane Dorian. Credit: Alamy Live News
President Donald Trump gives a briefing on Hurricane Dorian saying ‘we don’t know what’s coming at us’
23 President Donald Trump has already declared a state of emergency in parts of the US Credit: AFP or licensors
23 People shop for supplies before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian, in Freeport, Bahamas Credit: AP: Associated Press
23 Dorian reache d the north of the Bahamas on Sunday evening
23 Satellite pictures show the storm as it wrecked havoc across the Bahamas
23 Shelves that used to carry cases of water have now been emptied at this supermarket in North Miami Credit: AP: Associated Press
23 Men board up a business ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Cocoa Credit: Reuters
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