PHOTOS: Sheffield family hiding from devastating Hurricane Matthew inside American hotel

A screengrab of the Weather Channel showing the storm, sent in by Daniel
A screengrab of the Weather Channel showing the storm, sent in by Daniel
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A Sheffield family on holiday in the States has been caught up in the 'devastating' Hurricane Matthew.

Daniel Dopson, on a two-week holiday at Coco Key Hotel and Water Park, was told, along with his family, to stay inside and away from the windows - because Hurricane Matthew was approaching.

The storm has caused massive damage and killed hundreds of people already, having smashed through Haiti earlier this week.

The family is right now hiding out in their hotel room - and hopeful of missing the worst of the storm.

Daniel said: "Yesterday we were asked to stay in our rooms and away from the windows as Matthew would be approaching around 02:00 hrs and stay with us till around 16:00 hrs today.

"We didn't know what the hell would be happening today.

"The winds have been high and lots of rain but as the news has said, it got downgraded from a 4 to a 3 cat hurricane. There is debris on footpaths and in the car park but no total devastation like predicted.

"We will remain in our room until teatime, as we went shopping for snacks yesterday, hopefully everything will have cleared up by then. I'm happy that me and my family and everybody in Orlando seems to be okay."

Daniel and his family is still holed up in the hotel - follow their progress at the Twitter handle @DanielDopson2

UPDATE: Daniel has been in touch to say that there is still a curfew in place.

Daniel sent in this shot from inside his hotel room

Daniel sent in this shot from inside his hotel room

He said: "There's still a curfew but don't really know why, until 7am just wind gust and light showers hopefully sun tomorrow.

"Finally got some wifi, yes every thing is fine, people are on international drive now and for the last few hours."

But he added: "Just took this from the hotel window... not quite beer o'clock yet," with a photo of some heavy wind and rain - suggesting the storm has not quite passed yet.

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