Flight cancellations keep Orlando International Airport empty

Sandy brings record low temperatures to Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. - Flight cancellations plagued Orlando International Airport on Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, pulling cold air into Central Florida but temperatures are expected to warm up on Wednesday just in time for Halloween.

Local 6 chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells said temperatures are expected to be lows in 48 degrees on Orlando on Tuesday night with a daytime high on Wednesday of 75 degrees. There are no rain chances for Halloween, Sorrells said.

All flights to and from New York were canceled as of Tuesday night. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he expects JFK airport to reopen on Wednesday, but it's not clear if LaGuardia will. OIA businesses say the lack of travelers has hurt their business.

 "It's just been very slow, a lot of people have been going home early today," said Toni Riddle, a rental agent.

Meanwhile, Central Florida mechanics are urging residents to check their car because of the cold snap. Low temperatures early Tuesday dipped into the upper 30s in Marion County, with the Orlando area reaching the upper 40s. The record low in Ocala for Oct. 30 is 32 degrees, set in 2008.  Orlando's record low hit 43 degrees in 1937.

The cool weather also forced Orlando water parks to close.

"Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando will be closed today (10/29) and tomorrow (10/30) due to cooler temperatures. We will see you on Wednesday!" the park tweeted Monday morning.

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park was also closed Monday. 

"There's a good chance that the water park will continue to remain closed throughout Tuesday as well, as the forecasted high temperature for October 30, 2012 is 68 degrees," Disney said in a statement.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is down for refurbishment until January.

Local volunteers from the American Red Cross are being sent to New Jersey to aid victims after thousands were displaced from their homes and put in shelters. Nearly 8 million customers were without power in 15 states and the District of Columbia as of Tuesday night. 

One estimate Tuesday from Kinetic Analysis Corp., which conducts weather hazard assessments, said the storm's economic impact could be up to $25 billion.

In Florida, insurance experts say the costs associated with losses from superstorm Sandy in the northeast should not affect homeowners. Sam Miller of the Florida Insurance Council said Tuesday that the Florida market is dominated by state-backed Citizens and local insurers who operate only in Florida along with a smaller number of Florida-only subsidiaries of a few national carriers.

Miller says none should experience significant losses because of Sandy. Lynne McChristian of the Insurance Information Institute says Sandy's effect on reinsurance markets should be minimal since much of the damage is from water and that is covered by the National Flood Insurance Program.

Florida business and homeowners have experienced sharp increases in recent years on property policies although the state has not seen a hurricane since Wilma in late 2005.

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