A WANDI couple on their honeymoon in Orlando, Florida are in a hotel lock down as Hurricane Irma lashes the state.
Jonny and Christine Allegretta were in New York on the first leg of their trip when they first heard about Irma threatening the country’s south coast.
“We flicked on the news and saw that there was a potential category five storm heading for Florida,” Mr Allegretta said.
“We were scheduled to fly to Orlando the day after we found out about the hurricane.”
In Florida since Thursday, the couple managed to get a few days of their planned eight-day itinerary in, but Mr Allegretta said the city quickly went into lock down.
“The locals are freaking out,” he said.
“The shops here in Orlando have had their shelves emptied and we’re not even in the hurricane’s direct path.
“The hotel has taken in a lot of people and their pets and the staff has been limited so services like housekeeping, food quality and laundry have all been limited and the dining areas are served with plastic plates and utensils.
“All the restaurants around us have closed as of yesterday; Burger King, Taco Bell, McDonald’s etc are all closed so if the hotel runs out of food, so do we.”
In the next few hours Orlando is expected to receive its worse dose of Hurricane Irma, with forecasters predicting wind gusts as high as 119km/h.
Mr Allegretta said despite the panic around them, he and his wife were remaining calm.
“We’re handling it surprisingly well,” he said.
“Considering neither of us have experienced a hurricane before, we’re doing okay.”
The couple are due to fly to Hawaii for the next leg of their trip on September 17.