In the days after Hurricane Maria struck the US state of Florida, hoteliers and travelers were left to fend for themselves, leaving many stranded in the dark.
The island resort of Disney World in Orlando was one of the first to go under, with hundreds of guests unable to leave and unable to return home, as a floodgates to the resort were shut down.
Many others have had to make do with an evacuation order issued by the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) after Hurricane Irma hit Florida, and some hotels are still closed.
But for many hotel guests and visitors, this week’s storm has not only been a disaster but has also been an opportunity to take a look back at a more challenging time.
The story of the hurricane, the first of its kind in the Atlantic Ocean since Tropical Storm Ivan in August 2017, has been a familiar one.
It was a storm that had a long track record of catastrophic destruction, as well as the potential to wreak havoc on the US economy and society as a whole.
On the day Maria struck Florida, the US experienced a record-breaking hurricane season that had the highest number of days without rain on record, with the record set in January, and the fourth consecutive year that the state had not had a hurricane of that severity.
As Maria’s landfall approached, the weather in Florida quickly became increasingly unstable as winds picked up.
It has been the deadliest hurricane to hit the state in the last 50 years, with some reports claiming that the death toll could reach as high as 20,000.
Maria was the third storm of its type in the Caribbean and the third hurricane in the US to hit Florida since the early 1980s.
It also marked the first time that the US has experienced a tropical cyclone since 1950, and it was one the US had not seen since 1954.
While the storm was initially blamed for a series of major flooding in Florida, it is now widely believed that the storm is the cause of the state’s unprecedented floods.
Many experts believe that the flooding was caused by the unprecedented rainfall that flooded the Florida Keys, and was exacerbated by the storm’s extreme winds.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Florida’s National Weather Service also have reported flooding at their offices in the state, as the storm forced them to shut down their facilities, while thousands of residents were forced to evacuate their homes due to the rising water levels.
In response to the storm, Governor Rick Scott announced that he was ordering a major evacuation for the entire state, and he called for all residents to evacuate from all Florida properties.
A US Coast Guard helicopter landed on a nearby pier, and thousands of US citizens also arrived at the airport to leave the state.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of tourists were taking advantage of the tourist season to make the most of the opportunity to experience the region, and many were staying away from the city of Miami.
Some people had even decided to stay away from their hotels, and others even set up a “No Camping” sign in front of their hotel.
With this in mind, the government had a tough job.
To prevent the widespread flooding, the state has ordered a “no camping” order for the entirety of the country, and a curfew has been in place since the beginning of the week.
Residents are also being asked to keep a close eye on their personal safety, and not to venture out to places like parks and beaches where there is no public transport.
While these measures are aimed at protecting the safety of those who are already there, it has led to some frustration among many residents, as many have lost their homes to the flooding.
It is estimated that the cost of the storm and the devastation it caused to Florida has already exceeded $30bn.
“I’m not going to stay in a hotel for the rest of my life.
I’m not even going to take that chance,” one man told the Miami Herald, referring to the potential for the storm to cause even more damage.
“And I’m going to go back to the hotel.”
The lack of public transport is particularly worrying, as it means that many people are going to be stuck in the city, where their car and house are already flooded and inaccessible.
While some have been able to find shelter at hotels, most of them have had a difficult time accessing their properties due to flooding.
According to the Miami-Dade County Department of Public Works, the majority of the damage to properties has been caused by a combination of low water pressure, heavy rainfall and a lack of sewer and electrical infrastructure.
Many hotels have also been flooded by storm surge, with hotel owners facing a potentially high risk of losing their properties and even their lives.
While there are a number of solutions being considered to help those who have been affected by the flooding, some have suggested that people should just stay home for the time being, or stay in hotels until the water recedes.
While many people have tried to