Central Florida airports announce closures ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole

Orlando International Airport, Melbourne Orlando International Airport closing

The soon-to-be completed South terminal at Orlando International Airport. (Orlando International Airport)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando International Airport announced it will be putting a halt to commercial operations Wednesday ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole.

According to airport officials, operations will cease starting at 4 p.m. or until conditions are deemed to be unsafe, and they won’t resume until the weather improves enough for operations to continue.

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Airport officials urged affected customers to contact airlines and rental car companies directly for questions about flights, schedules and car return policies.

In a release, officials added that the airport is not an authorized shelter, and passengers should make personal accommodations ahead of the storm.

The Orlando Sanford International Airport will also be closing down operations at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Melbourne Orlando International Airport is closing at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and hopes “to resume normal operations as quickly as possible.”

Daytona Beach International Airport will be closing at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and is scheduled to reopen on Friday, Nov. 11.

Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to strengthen to a Category 1 Hurricane before striking the east coast of Florida late Wednesday.

Afterward, the storm is forecast to bring heavy rains to Florida Thursday and Friday as it pushes north toward the Carolinas.

In the meantime, Gov. Ron DeSantis has placed 34 Florida counties under a state of emergency in anticipation of Nicole.

A tropical storm warning is also in effect for coastal Flagler, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and parts of Volusia County.

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