Hurricane Matthew Update

ACI-NA continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew.  As noted in the 2pm EDT National Hurricane Center Public Advisory notice, the powerful Category 4 storm has maximum sustained winds of 140mph and reported gusts of 165mph.  The hurricane is currently located approximately 180 miles southeast of West Palm Beach, Florida and is moving toward the northwest at 14mph.  This general motion is expected to continue today with a turn toward the north-northwest by tonight or early Friday.  Hurricane warnings are in effect north of Golden Beach, Florida to Edisto Beach, South Carolina.  Additional strengthening is possible and the storm is expected to remain a Category 4 hurricane while it approaches the Florida coast.

ACI-NA has been in close contact with potentially effected Florida airports, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, as well as Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC.  While commercial airline operations continue to be drawn down at many of these airports, several facilities in south Florida have already closed in advance of the storm, including Fort Lauderdale. Others, including Orlando, are expected to close later this evening.  Additional storm impacts, and associated airport facility closures, will progress northward this evening and into Friday and subsequently there will be very limited commercial service at many of these airports tomorrow.

For those airports located within the potential impact zone, ACI-NA continues to reiterate our request for any updates on airport status, including TSA/CBP staffing status if known, and planned closures.  As the storm passes and recovery efforts begin, please let us know when your airport can be expected to return to operation, as recovery timelines are of great interest to the flight operators and the FAA.  ACI-NA can report this information out to officials at A4A, IATA and the FAA Command Center, hopefully lessening the number of requests your airport might receive.

ACI-NA also continues to be in close contact and coordination with the Southeast Airports Disaster Operations Group (SEADOG), who is prepared to provide any necessary operational assistance to impacted airports.  SEADOG is currently operating under “standing up” status and is prepared, if need be, to coordinate a fast response to specific operational needs, supply team of volunteer airport staff and necessary equipment to return an airport to operational status.