As Tropical Storm Nicole—which will potentially turn into Hurricane Nicole on arrival—makes its way to Central Florida, Orlando’s MCO has announced a ceasing of operations.
Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to make landfall in Brevard County–in the vicinity of Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center, and Cocoa Beach–before making her way northwest. The worst conditions are also expected to hit Central Florida on Thursday, November 10.
With Florida currently under a state of emergency due to Tropical Storm Nicole’s impending arrival and multiple Theme Parks issuing statements and cautionary (or closures that were later rescinded, as in the case of the Walt Disney World Resort), commercial flights will no longer be flying into MCO come 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9.
Operational Update – Tropical Storm Nicole
Together with our partners, a decision has been made to cease commercial operations at 4:00pm on Wednesday, November 9th, until circumstances permit operations resume.
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) November 8, 2022
The airport also added,
We will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole to determine the potential impact at MCO. We ask you to please continue to work with your airline directly in regards to your specific flight. Thank you.
MCO is not the only airport that has announced closures in response to the upcoming potential hurricane. Orlando Sanford International Airport has also announced a ceasing of operations beginning November 9 at 4 p.m. The airport also specified that it does not function as an authorized shelter.
The Airport will be closing Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 4:00PM.
For more info on flights, contact your airline.
Please do not come to the airport. The airport is not an authorized shelter. If you need assistance call the Seminole County Citizen line
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— Orlando Sanford International Airport (@SFB_Airport) November 8, 2022
Tropical Storm Nicole comes after the devastation that Hurricane Ian rained on Florida earlier in the autumn. The storm’s track is taking her over The Bahamas before arriving on Florida’s East Coast. It has already caused two Disney Cruise Line itineraries to change their regularly scheduled stop at Disney’s Private Island destination, Castaway Cay. DCL also changed its stop in Nassau to Cozumel, Mexico.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to monitor all news and updates about Tropical Storm Nicole from the National Hurricane Center.