As Hurricane Ian churned toward the Gulf Coast of Florida on Tuesday, airports closed, residents and tourists fled mandatory evacuation zones and people who stayed were making last-minute preparations.
Many of Florida’s prime tourism spots were affected: Airports in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Bradenton were closing Tuesday; Orlando International Airport said it would cease operations at 10:30 am Wednesday. Busch Gardens in Tampa was closed Tuesday through Thursday, while Walt Disney World, Universal OrlandoSeaWorld in Orlando and Legoland in Winter Haven were closing Wednesday and Thursday.
Thousands evacuate as Hurricane Ian barrels toward Florida
Hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 through Nov. 30, still