The International Space Station captured Hurricane Dorian as it pushes toward Florida.
As Hurricane Dorian approaches, Orlando International Airport has announced it will be shutting down in the early morning hours of Labor Day.
“Orlando International Airport plans to cease commercial flight operations on Monday, September 2, 2019 at 2 a.m.,” the airport tweeted Friday afternoon. “The latest update will always be pinned to top of our page. Travelers: Check with their airline for flight updates.”
In an additional statement posted along with the tweet, the airport wrote that it made the decision “out of an abundance of caution” following a meeting with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority executive leadership and emergency management leaders, airline officials, the FAA, TSA Air Traffic Control Tower representatives and more.
Hurricane Dorian headed toward the United States and strengthened to a 115-mph, Category 3 “major” hurricane Friday ahead of its expected landfall Monday into Tuesday along Florida’s east coast, forecasters say.
The storm was slowly turning west on Friday as it makes it way back toward land and is expected to strengthen in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center said. Dorian is then forecast to slam the southeastern United States as a possible Category 4 storm.
Forecasters say Dorian will likely slow down considerably as it approaches Florida, allowing for heavy rainfall, dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge to linger.
Major airlines are capping prices on fares out of Florida and adding additional capacity to flight routes as Hurricane Dorian approaches the U.S. Several airlines, which had already waived change fees for Caribbean flights, have added multiple Florida airports to their Hurricane Dorian alerts.
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Contributing: Ryan W. Miller, Sara Moniuszko, Jayme Deerwester
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