Florida’s tourist attractions are starting to reopen today after parts of the state took a battering by Hurricane Idalia.
Many theme parks that were forced to close due to the storm are planning to welcome visitors back on Thursday.
These include SeaWorld’s waterpark, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Discovery Cove, Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens among others.
Some other major attractions, including Kennedy Space Center, Madame Tussauds Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World remained open yesterday.
Tampa International Airport was due to resume full operation at 3am local time today after reopening for arrivals only yesterday afternoon.
Orlando International and Fort Lauderdale airports are open.
Florida Keys has also reopened to commercial traffic and officials report the area suffered ‘no significant impacts’ from Idalia, which made landfall in the state’s Big Bend area as a major category three hurricane on Wednesday morning.
The National Hurricane Center has since discontinued a tropical storm watch for the Lower Florida Keys and a tropical storm warning for the Dry Tortugas after Idalia passed well west of the island chain before strengthening to a hurricane.
Idalia brushed the Florida Keys as a tropical storm, but Keys infrastructure is operating normally according to Monroe County Emergency Management Director Shannon Weiner. This includes the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, electricity, communications and water transmission. There are no reports of any notable damage.
Both Key West International Airport and Florida Keys Marathon International Airport are operating normally, according to Monroe County Airports Director Richard Strickland.
However, he said passengers should continue checking with airlines about the status of arrivals and departures.
The National Park Service is evaluating reopening timeframes for Dry Tortugas National Park, a remote enclave of tiny islands that lies 68 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Florida Park Service is doing the same for Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Keys and Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West.
The US National Hurricane Center is warning of possible coastal flooding along the US southeast coast and in North Carolina as the storm continues to head north.