Port Canaveral said the U.S. Coast Guard will close the
harbor there on Wednesday afternoon until Hurricane Matthew has safely passed.
The port’s landside operations were ordered
evacuated by Wednesday at noon.
a serious storm and the protection of people and property is our primary
concern,” said Port Canaveral CEO John Murray. “We expect high winds and storm
surge throughout the port and have urged the port community to prepare their
facilities so business can resume as quickly as possible after the storm.”
Other Florida ports are also taking measures to prepare
for Matthew, which is expected to approach Florida mid-day on Thursday.
Port Miami said the tunnel entrance to the port that
passes under Government Cut will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The port can also be
accessed by bridge.
Both Port Miami and Port Everglades are operating under
Coast Guard rules that require all commercial vessels to leave port. The
landside operations at both ports remain open, but are on 24-hour alert in
anticipation of gale-force winds.
Each port recommended that cruise passengers get in touch
with cruise lines about itinerary changes. Among the ship scheduled to
depart Port Miami on Oct. 6 is the Carnival Sensation on a four-day Western