Dis­ney World dream turns to a night­mare as winds blow hard

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

The Kane fam­ily were in lock­down in their Dis­ney World ho­tel room when Hur­ri­cane Irma hit Or­lando in the early hours of Mon­day morn­ing.

Mum An­nemarie told how she was awo­ken dur­ing the night with high winds and heavy rain.

The 42-year-old spoke to the Len­nox Her­ald on Mon­day from the Alexan­dria fam­ily’s ho­tel room which they were told to stay in­side for 24 hours as the storm passed through.

She said:“We are in Dis­ney’s Caribbean Beach re­sort and have been in lock­down since 7pm last night un­til 6pm tonight.

“We were given hur­ri­cane packs with a sand­wich, wa­ter, fruit, a ce­real bar and cook­ies and told to stock up on wa­ter and snacks. Dis­ney have been great to be hon­est.

“Winds kicked off last night about 6pm and got stronger. Irma hit here be­tween about 1am and 2am. It was very noisy and scary with lots of de­bris all over the place.There were trees down and some roofs off.

“We are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing lots of high winds at the mo­ment and have still to stay in rooms un­til at least 6pm.

“We have had lots of mes­sages from friends and fam­ily wor­ried about us.”

The at­mos­phere in Dis­ney and nearby started to change on Fri­day when shops started to close and news fil­tered through to fam­i­lies in the re­sort that they would be in lock­down.

The Kanes, in­clud­ing dad Stephen, 47, Amy, 23, Me­gan, 18 and 12-yearold Kon­nor have been keep­ing a close eye on the news chan­nel in their room for the lat­est up­dates and, in ad­di­tion to their hur­ri­cane packs, were de­liv­ered ce­real milk, pro­tein bars and a torch.

The lights within the re­sort were left flick­er­ing dur­ing the storm and An­nemarie re­ported a lot of de­bris in the area once the winds died down.

Lock down An­nemarie Kane, 42, with chil­dren Amy, 23, Me­gan, 18, and Kon­nor, 12 and hus­band Stephen

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