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Hurricane Matthew

Storm shutting down Disney parks, impacting CT travelers

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A few cancellations were reported for flights out of Bradley International Airport. (WFSB photo) A few cancellations were reported for flights out of Bradley International Airport. (WFSB photo)
The Walt Disney World entrance in Orlando, FL. (Wikimedia photo) The Walt Disney World entrance in Orlando, FL. (Wikimedia photo)
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Disney and Universal parks will close starting Thursday afternoon as dangerous Hurricane Matthew approaches.

According to the park, Disney will close Thursday at 5 p.m. and remain closed through Friday.

A decision has not yet been made about Saturday.

This marks the fourth time that the park has closed in its history.

Universal said its Wet 'n Wild park will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Island of Adventure and Universal CityWalk will close at 5 p.m. and remain closed on Friday.

Halloween Horror Nights is also cancelled for Thursday and Friday nights.

After leaving a trail of destruction behind in Haiti, Cuba and across the Bahamas, Hurricane Matthew headed toward Florida Thursday.

As of 11 a.m., the storm was back to a category 4 with winds of 140 mph.

Nearly 2 million people along the coasts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas were urged to evacuate.

Airlines cancelled more than 1,500 flights. The Fort Lauderdale Airport was shut down on Thursday morning and the Orlando airport was expected to close on Thursday night. 

The storm is also having an impact on Connecticut travel. By mid-afternoon, cancellations to and from central and eastern Forida started affecting Bradley International Airport. Three flights in and two flights out were cancelled. Airlines were giving fliers the option to re-route to tampa or re-schedule. 

"The course has been changing all along, but it seems like we will be able to get in today," Theresa Nodine, who was flying to Florida, said. "Probably have to hunker down in the hotel all day tomorrow. It looks like that's when the worst of it will hit."

Cary Caldwell made it in on one of the last flights out of Orlando to be there as the best man in a wedding.

"I feel extremely lucky," Caldwell said. "I'm just so thankful I have a friend like this to help me out." 

Caldwell said he made he the right decision. 

"It's chaos, the Target we went to ran out of water," Caldwell said. "The grocery stores we went to ran out of water and flashlights." 

Travelers were urged to contact their airline itself and not the airport.

The death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew has risen to at least 108, the Associated Press reported. Haiti's government said it is still having a hard time assessing the damage two days later. It estimated 350,000 people will need help.

"Its very frustrating feeling to not have any contact with our people," said Marilyn Lowney, Haitian Health Foundation.

The HHF, which is based in Norwich, said it is already working on getting in touch with its clinic. However, communication has been difficult.

The group said it tends to all the needs of the people in Haiti. Those include medical and educational needs.

The captain of a sailing vessel in Essex said his ship is being loaded up with supplies for Haiti. The sailboat is operated by the International Rescue Group.

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