As Tropical Storm Nicole continues to grow in strength and intensity, the Orlando International Airport is taking some preventive measures. Today, on their Twitter account, they announced they have made the decision to cease commercial operations at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, until circumstances permit operations [to] resume.
They went on to say that they 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 [regard] to your specific flight. Thank you.”
According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 1:00 p.m. today, Nicole’s wind speed intensity jumped by midday Tuesday, with the maximum sustained winds bursting from 50 to 60 mph. The storm will officially be classified as a Category 1 hurricane when wind speeds reach between 74 to 95 mph.
Accuweather is reporting that “hurricane warnings were in effect for parts of Florida from Boca Raton to the Flagler-Volusia County line as Nicole swirled some 400 miles east of West Palm Beach. Storm surge warnings stretch from North Palm Beach, Florida, to Altamaha Sound in Georgia, and from the mouth of St. Johns River to Georgetown, Florida.”
Check out our continuing coverage of the storm as it affects the Walt Disney World Resort:
- Walt Disney World Reverses Decision, Fort Wilderness Campground and Other Resort Areas Not Scheduled to Close Due to Tropical Storm Nicole
- Walt Disney World to Close Typhoon Lagoon Water Park in Advance of Tropical Storm Nicole
- Walt Disney World Suspends New Park Reservations as Subtropical Storm Nicole Shifts to Central Florida
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