Disney closes — for the fourth time ever — because of Hurricane Matthew

Walt Disney World Resort marked its 45th anniversary on October 1, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by David Roark/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
Walt Disney World Resort marked its 45th anniversary on October 1, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by David Roark/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

As Hurricane Matthew approaches Florida and the state prepares for hurricane-force winds and heavy rain, theme parks in Central Florida are issuing closures.

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Disney announced Thursday it would close its parks for just the fourth time in the resort’s history. The first three times also were for hurricanes: Sept. 15, 1999, for Floyd; Sept. 4-5, 2004, for Frances; and Sept. 26, 2004, Jeanne.

Here’s a wrapup of which parks are closing:

Disney

Disney’s theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, miniature golf courses and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will close by 5 p.m. today and will stay closed Friday. Disney also canceled Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for Thursday.

Click here for the latest from Disney.

Universal

The park posted a notice on its Facebook page that for Thursday, its theme parks and CityWalk will close at 5 p.m., Wet ‘n Wild will close at 2 p.m. and Halloween Horror Nights is canceled.

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On Friday, all theme parks will be closed and Halloween Horror Nights is canceled.

Universal expects to reopen its parks Saturday.

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Legoland

Legoland Florida will operate as usual Thursday, but will be closed Friday.

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SeaWorld

SeaWorld posted on its website that it will close at 2 p.m. Thursday and be closed Friday. The park is expected to be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Hours are subject to change.

The SeaWorld call center will follow the same schedule for Thursday and Friday, and reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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How FEC, All Aboard Florida and CSX are preparing for Hurricane Matthew

An FEC train travels along the tracks just south of Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach Thursday, April 23, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)
An FEC train travels along the tracks just south of Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach Thursday, April 23, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Rail lines in Florida are preparing for possible effects as Hurricane Matthew approaches the state.

Florida East Coast Railway is shutting down its train service tonight, said Robert Ledoux, FEC senior vice president and general counsel.

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Crews on those trains will swap about halfway through their trip so they can be back in their homes tonight, Ledoux said.

Click here for the latest on Tri-Rail service

FEC service will be closed tomorrow and could reopen either late Friday or Saturday, but much of that depends upon the extent of damage along FEC’s line.

Ledoux said about 100 FEC employees are staged to mobilize once the storm has passed. They’ll work in smaller crews, covering about 60 miles of track each to find and fix any damage.

The first service once the FEC line reopens will be northbound out of Miami, as Matthew is expected to move north along Florida’s coastline.

FEC also is watching storm forecasts closely to determine if and when signal arms may need to be removed. The arms will be removed once forecasts indicate an area is supposed to receive 80 mph sustained winds, Ledoux said.

CSX leaders have been monitoring Matthew and have activated the company’s Hurricane Operations Plan, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

The freight company has suspended its operations along its main line between Savannah, Ga., and Pembroke, N.C., starting today, the spokesperson said. CSX service in South Florida was suspended this morning until further notice.

The company is working with its customers to reroute freight traffic or make other arrangements as necessary as delays are expected in the Southeast, the spokesperson added.

 

Work has been underway to secure construction sites for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail service stations.

“Safety is Brightline’s number one priority,” Brightline said in a statement. “We are closely monitoring the hurricane and have implemented the necessary safety precautions required for all active construction sites.”

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Hurricane Matthew prompts Tri-Rail shutdown for Thursday, Friday

(Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
(Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

Tri-Rail will suspend its service after the final trains run tonight because of Hurricane Matthew, Tri-Rail spokesperson Bonnie Arnold said Wednesday.

The commuter rail service also will be shut down Thursday and Friday, and possibly Saturday and Sunday, Arnold said.

The decision on whether to reopen the rail line this weekend will depend on the extent of damage along the corridor and to rail crossing arms, she added.

The crossing arms themselves can take “a good 12 hours to fix,” Arnold noted.

The last southbound train tonight leaves Tri-Rail’s Mangonia Park station at 8:40 p.m. The last northbound train arrives in Mangonia Park about 11:35 p.m.

Check back for more updates.

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Hurricane Matthew: American, Allegiant cancel flights; Fort Lauderdale to suspend flights

Surf and wind from Hurricane Matthew crash on the waterfront in Baracoa, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Surf and wind from Hurricane Matthew crash on the waterfront in Baracoa, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

UPDATE: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will suspend flights no later than 10:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the airport’s website.

UPDATE: American and Allegiant airlines have canceled some flights as Florida braces for Hurricane Matthew.

In addition, a JetBlue spokesperson said the airline will begin rolling out cancellations for Thursday and Friday flights in some Florida cities starting Wednesday night. To see if your flight has been canceled, go to http://www.jetblue.com.

American Airlines has canceled all flights scheduled to arrive at South Florida airports Thursday, the company said Wednesday.

All American flights into Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach International Airport are canceled; in addition, American Airlines will have limited departures from those three airports until noon tomorrow, with departures after noon canceled.

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The airline plans to resume reduced operations to the three airports beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, the company said, with flights should be fully operational by noon that day.

In addition to the flights canceled by American, Allegiant has canceled the following flights scheduled to arrive or depart Fort Lauderdale on Thursday:

• To Fort Lauderdale: 1204 from Asheville, N.C.; 1711 from Ogdensburg, N.Y.; 1703 from Lexington, Ky.; 1701 from Plattsburgh, N.Y.; 1721 from Syracuse, N.Y.; 1719 from Columbus/Rickenbacker, Ohio; 1217 from Knoxville, Tenn.

• From Fort Lauderdale: 1205 to Asheville, N.C.; 1710 to Ogdensburg, N.Y.; 1702 to Lexington, Ky.; 1700 to Plattsburgh, N.Y.; 1720 to Syracuse, N.Y.; 1718 to Columbus/Rickbenbacker, Ohio; 1216 to Knoxville, Tenn.

Allegiant also has canceled a slew of flights into and out of Orlando and Sanford. Click here for the full list.

American Airlines and Allegiant — along with many other carriers — has issued travel waivers for its South Florida flights affected by Hurricane Matthew. Click here for more information.

American Airlines also has canceled its flights into and out of Orlando International Airport after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the company said. American flights will be canceled through Friday, with limited service beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, the company said.

At Jacksonville International Airport, American Airlines will have limited operations beginning Friday morning, with all American flights into and out of that airport canceled for the rest of the day and resuming Saturday.

Dozens of other flights into the area were canceled Wednesday.

Palm Beach International Airport had five delays and one cancellation as of Wednesday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.

The site also reported there were 27 delays and 47 cancellations at Miami International Airport.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reported via Twitter that it had 20 delays and 40 cancellations as of Wednesday.

For Thursday, FlightAware shows, as of Wednesday:

• 436 cancellations at Miami International Airport

• 131 cancellations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

• 39 cancellations at Palm Beach International Airport

Before heading to the airport, check with your airline’s website to see if your flight has been canceled or delayed.

South Florida airport websites:

Palm Beach International Airport

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Miami International Airport

Check back for more updates.

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The latest from The Post’s weather reporter, Kim Miller

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