Florida airports and attractions closed as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches

(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.

Orlando International Airport (MCO) said on Twitter that it would halt business operations at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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.

Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB) is scheduled to close at 2 p.m. Wednesday, the airport tweeted. And Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) job that it would close at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

“Please do not come to the airport. The airport is not an authorized shelter,” said the tweet from Orlando Sanford Airport.

Walt Disney World parks in Orlando were planning a phased closure beginning at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday due to the storm, with EPCOT and Magic Kingdom being the last to close at 7 p.m. ET, according to a weather alert on Disney’s website.

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

All flights to and from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) had been canceled around 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to a tweet near the airport.
Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) said on Twitter that it would close at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The airport said it plans to reopen at 4 a.m. on Friday
Miami International Airport (MIA) tweeted Wednesday morning that it was open but cancellations and delays due to the storm were possible.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) said some flights were delayed or canceled due to the storm. The airport and nearby North Perry General Aviation Airport (HWO) remained open Wednesday at noon, Fort Lauderdale Airport said on Twitter.

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.