Airports, Theme Parks Reopen As Florida Deals With Hurricane Ian Aftermath

As the hurricane moves out of Florida, airports and theme parks are assessing the impact of the storm and beginning to reopen.

Stormy Fort Meyers, Fla. ahead of Hurricane Ian

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As Hurricane Ian left Floridans without power and disrupted travel plans — the storm heads north toward the Carolinas and is expected to make landfall again as a Category 1 hurricane.

The Charleston airport was forced to close on Sept. 30 after high winds came through the area, the airport is expected to reopen Oct. 1, according to a tweet.

Tampa and Orlando airports have officially reopened and flights have resumed, although passengers should check with their airline, according to twitter accounts for each respective airport.

Southwest Florida airport still remains closed to the public, including rental car companies, according to a statement released online.

Several airlines issued storm waivers for this week, including Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue, and Spirit Airlines for flights to airports across the state for travel through at least Oct. 3.

Canceled flight board in Tampa International Airport

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As of Sept. 30, Disney had reopened its park along with Disney Springs with a few exceptions. "Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are temporarily closed through Sept. 30 due to the weather. Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa will be closed until Monday, Oct. 3. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will remain temporarily closed at this time," according to a statement shared with Travel + Leisure.

Many cruises sailing through the Western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico have also been affected by the storm. The Norwegian Sky has a rerouted itinerary due to potential impacts from Hurricane Ian, along with MSC Seashore, The Carnival Ecstasy, and Carnival Glory, according to CNN.

A Carnival Paradise sailing leaving from Tampa on Thursday has been canceled and will extend its current sailing while the port of Tampa remains closed. The Carnival Liberty scheduled to depart from Port Carnaval has also been canceled and sailings from Mobile, Ala., Miami, and New Orleans will have rerouted itineraries, CBS News reported.

Hurricane Ian is the latest storm to come out of the Atlantic after Hurricane Fiona swept through just a week ago, causing severe damage to Puerto Rico and affecting other Caribbean islands. 

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