(CNN) — Some Florida airports and theme parks halted operations on Wednesday and about 2,000 flights were canceled as Tropical Storm Nicole advanced toward Florida’s east coast.
The airport said it was attaching jet bridges and covering equipment at ticket offices in preparation for the storm and communicating with emergency management officials.
“Please do not come to the airport. The airport is not an authorized shelter,” said the tweet from Orlando Sanford Airport.
Universal Orlando Resort made a similar operational decision, with Universal Orlando Resort, including CityWalk, planning to close at 5 p.m.
More airports closed or affected by the storm
Flight cancellations and delays
Data from flight-tracking site FlightAware showed that as of 2 p.m. ET, US carriers had canceled more than 900 flights on Wednesday and another 1,000 on Thursday.
American, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines have all issued travel waivers allowing affected passengers to rebook their flights for free.
Southwest Airlines, which operates heavily in Florida, “has reduced operations at a number of the airports we serve in Florida,” including halting flights to and from Palm Beach. “From now on, we expect to resume operations, weather and infrastructure permitting, at these airports tomorrow,” Southwest said in a statement Wednesday.