All Florida tolls reinstated after Hurricane Matthew

The entrance to the Florida Turnpike at Okeechobee Boulevard Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
The entrance to the Florida Turnpike at Okeechobee Boulevard Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Floridians: It’s time to pay for your trip on Florida’s Turnpike again.

As Florida continues to clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Rick Scott’s office said Monday that all tolls throughout the state have been reinstated.

Scott suspended tolls for the storm beginning Wednesday, as evacuation orders were issued from Palm Beach County north along Florida’s east coast.

» Photos: Hurricane Matthew’s effects on Florida

The issue first was given Wednesday to suspend tolls on State Road 528, the Beachline, to assist with Brevard County’s mandatory evacuation. That highway saw delays Wednesday and Thursday as thousands of people left their homes and headed inland.

Later Wednesday, Scott expanded his order to included all toll roads in Florida. Tolls continued to be free until Sunday night.

» Hurricane Matthew: Full coverage

 

 

 

 

 

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.

» Stay safe: Where to find a shelter in the area

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.

Click here for the latest from Universal.

Legoland

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

Click here for the latest from Legoland.

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.

Click here for the latest from SeaWorld.

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Hurricane Matthew: Amtrak to suspend service in Southeast

(Provided by Amtrak)
(Provided by Amtrak)

Amtrak said Wednesday it is temporarily suspending its train service in the Southeast as the region is expected to begin feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew.

» COMPLETE LIST OF SHELTERS, EMERGENCY RESOURCES

According to a news release, the following routes are canceled for Thursday and Friday, with no alternate transportation provided:

• Silver Star 91 and 92 from New York City to Miami
• Silver Meteor 97 and 98 from Miami to New York City
• Auto Train 52 and 53 between Lorton, Va., and Sanford

In addition, the Palmetto 89 and 90 from New York City to Savannah, Ga., will instead run to Washington, D.C.

To check your train’s status, change your plans or check refund information, go to www.amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL.

» The latest on how Matthew is affecting flights in South Florida

» How Matthew is muddying cruise lines’ plans

» How FEC, All Aboard and CSX are preparing for Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew muddies plans for some cruise lines

The Grand Celebration cruise ship sails through the Palm Beach Inlet toward its home at the Port of Palm Beach after a trip to the Bahamas, July 23, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)
The Grand Celebration cruise ship sails through the Palm Beach Inlet toward its home at the Port of Palm Beach after a trip to the Bahamas, July 23, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

Port restrictions in effect because of Hurricane Matthew have prompted itinerary adjustments for several cruise lines, AAA said Wednesday in a news release.

The Coast Guard has set port condition “Yankee” for all ports from Miami north to Jacksonville. Condition Yankee means no vessels may enter or remain in the port without the Coast Guard’s approval.

» COMPLETE LIST OF SHELTERS, EMERGENCY RESOURCES

The Grand Celebration cruise ship, which sails out of the Port of Palm Beach, had to receive Coast Guard approval to drop off its load of passengers Wednesday morning after the Coast Guard set the Palm Beach port’s condition to Yankee at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Port of Palm Beach spokeswoman Tara Monks said there were about 500 passengers on board the ship.

» The latest on how Matthew is affecting flights in South Florida

“If (the ship) had happened to ask to stay, it would be up to the Coast Guard,” Monks said.

Cruise ships along Florida’s east coast are facing the same dilemma, AAA said, of whether to head out to calm seas or find a different port.

“Cruise line officials have already adjusted itineraries to avoid island-destinations impacted by the hurricane, but these port closures makes returning home very tricky,” AAA director of field travel support Vicky Evans said in a news release.

Cruise lines affected by Matthew include Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney, MSC, Norwegian and Princess, AAA said.

Three ships scheduled to return to port Thursday now will return Friday: the Empress of the Seas and Carnival Sensation, out of Port Miami; and the Carnival Victory out of Port Canaveral.

Evans advises travelers to reach out to their cruise lines to see if their trips will be affected by the storm.

More coverage of Hurricane Matthew:

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

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Which Palm Beach County gas stations can pump without power?

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.

COMPLETE LIST OF SHELTERS, EMERGENCY RESOURCES

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.”

More coverage of Hurricane Matthew:

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All tolls on Florida’s Turnpike free as Matthew approaches

The entrance to the Florida Turnpike at Okeechobee Boulevard Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
The entrance to the Florida Turnpike at Okeechobee Boulevard Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

As Floridians prepare for possible mandatory evacuation orders for Hurricane Matthew, one question may come to mind: Will you have to pay tolls on Florida’s Turnpike before, during and after the storm?

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday that he has authorized the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls in counties where there are evacuation orders issued.

COMPLETE LIST OF SHELTERS, EMERGENCY RESOURCES

Wednesday evening, Scott’s office issued an update saying this now includes the entire Florida’s Turnpike, Alligator Alley and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.

Tolls on Florida’s Beachline — State Road 528 — from Brevard County to Orlando already had been suspended because of a mandatory evacuation order in Brevard County earlier in the day, Scott said.

“Protecting life and moving people to safety remains our top priority and today I directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls as needed to keep traffic flowing,” Scott said in a news release. “If there is an evacuation order in a county, all tolls will be suspended in that county.”

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The Florida Department of Transportation is keeping track of traffic counters in South and Central Florida as it prepares for the storm’s effects, Scott’s office said.

Here’s more from the governor’s office on the latest efforts to prepare roads for Hurricane Matthew:

• FDOT construction: All state projects on interstates, limited-access facilities, coastal and evacuation routes have been stopped. Contractors are securing equipment and removing all unnecessary barricades, signs and drums.

• Flooding: FDOT is monitoring flood-prone areas and will work with county emergency operations centers to coordinate any necessary response.

• Intracoastal bridges: In Palm Beach County, they will be locked down by 8 p.m. Wednesday. During lock-down, the bridge is closed, power turned off and the traffic arms may be removed.

More coverage of Hurricane Matthew

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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.

COMPLETE LIST OF SHELTERS, EMERGENCY RESOURCES

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.

More coverage of Hurricane Matthew:

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

Make sure you have your hurricane supplies

Which Palm Beach County gas stations can pump without power?