Hurricane Dorian closes Port Canaveral; at least six cruises affected

Port Canaveral is the world's second-busiest cruise port

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. - UPDATE: Brevard County officials lifted an evacuation order Wednesday morning, allowing Port Canaveral to open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

"Port personnel are in the process of assessing buildings and roadways for damage and safety issues," officials said.

Restaurants may be open for business to service the community. However, it is advised you contact the restaurant to check their hours of operation before heading to the Port.

  • Cruise terminals and parking garages remain closed.
  • Jetty Park remains closed.
  • Freddie Patrick and Rodney Ketcham boat ramps remain closed.
  • Hurricane condition ZULU remains in effect and port waterways remain closed.
  • The Port Canaveral Lock has been opened by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • SR401 drawbridge remains in the down position.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Port Canaveral has been ordered closed by the U.S. Coast Guard, in advance of Hurricane Dorian, whose projected path takes it near Florida's East Coast, News 6 partner Florida Today reports.

The Coast Guard set what's known as "Hurricane Condition Zulu" at the port, effective at 8 a.m. Monday.

Port Canaveral is the world's second-busiest cruise port, and the closing affects at least six cruises.

Under the order, no vessel — regardless of size or service — will be allowed to transit the port, and all commercial vessels more than 500 gross tons are prohibited from remaining at the port.

In a statement, Coast Guard Capt. M.R. Vlaun said: "Be advised, most drawbridges will be locked down well before the predicted arrival of sustained gale-force winds above 39 mph, and will not open until after severe weather has passed. It is critical that vessels intending to evacuate the ports of Jacksonville, Fernandina or Canaveral via the St. Johns River or the Atlantic Intracoastal Seaway depart early to avoid being blocked by bridges."

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