Tropical Storm Nicole closes Orlando Sanford airport

Orlando International Airport announced closure ahead of Nicole

Orlando Sanford International Airport.

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – As Tropical Storm Nicole gets closer to Florida, the Orlando Sanford International Airport has announced the storm is forcing it to suspend operations on Wednesday.

The airport announced on Twitter Tuesday that will close Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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For additional information on how this closure may impact flights, the airport encourages passengers to contact their airlines directly.

Orlando International Airport announced that it will halt commercial operations starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday until weather improves enough to allow flights to continue.

Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall along Florida’s east coast.

Daytona Beach International Airport and Melbourne Orlando International Airport are also not yet closing at this time.

A hurricane warning is in effect for all of Brevard County, as well as coastal Volusia and coastal Flagler counties. This means hurricane conditions can be expected within the next 36 hours. Farther inland, a tropical storm warning is in effect for inland Volusia, Lake, Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. A tropical storm watch is also now in effect for Sumter, Marion and inland Flagler counties.

The storm is expected to make landfall early Thursday morning.

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