Central Florida theme parks announce post-Hurricane Irma openings

Hurricane Irma Information & Precautions | Walt Disney World Resort

Hurricane Irma Information & Precautions | Walt Disney World Resort

Disney resort hotels remained open during Irma, but the parks were closed Sunday and Monday.

Special events, such as Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, will also take place.

Disney World said via its official Twitter feed that its four main theme parks will open at normal time on Tuesday, as will the Disney Springs restaurant and shopping area, but the water parks will remain closed. "Previously, Animal Kingdom's landscape was hit particularly hard", the site says. Irma will rain itself out over Tennessee and Kentucky during the first part of the week, and then what's left of it will bring showery weather on its way out to the northeast later this week. The National Weather Service said Orlando and outlying areas experienced winds up to 58 miles per hour and gusts up to 78 miles per hour.

Disney World, Sea World and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay said Monday that they assessing damage and would announce their reopening plans later.

"Our destination saw relatively minor damage overnight involving fences, trees, signage and building facades", a statement from Universal Orlando on its website explained.

Charlotte is expected to get rain associated with Hurricane Irma midday, with waves of rain blowing in later.

On Monday, Florida residents came back to homes that were smashed during Irma's onslaught.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that more than 6 million Floridians have lost their electric power. "Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.Winds this strong can make driving difficult.especially for high profile vehicles".

After making landfall in Florida early Sunday morning as a Category 4, the center of the storm passed west of Orlando early Monday morning.

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