Port Canaveral evacuation ordered as Matthew nears

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — An evacuation order was put in place Tuesday for Port Canaveral as Hurricane Matthew shifts closer to Central Florida.

Port Canaveral CEO John Murray issued the evacuation order for landside operations.

It affects Jetty Park campers, marinas, and all Port businesses and tenants. The deadline to evacuate is noon on Wednesday.

A press release stated the following:

"In addition to the landside evacuation, the U.S. Coast Guard has given notice that the Canaveral harbor will close by tomorrow afternoon. Under the Captain of the Port order, no vessel traffic--including cruise and cargo ships, as well as recreational and commercial fishing boats --will be allowed in harbor until after the storm passes and the order is lifted.

“This is 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.”

Port Canaveral has not shut down operations due to severe weather since the 2004 storms when the harbor was closed for 11 days to ship traffic.

Important Contact Numbers

Port Status Hotline: 321-394-3411

Employee Status Updates: 321-394-3412

Media Inquiries: 321-431-7191 or 321-394-3281

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