[dropcap]P[/dropcap]ort Canaveral CEO John Murray has issued an evacuation order ahead of Hurricane Matthew, the first for the port since 2004.

The order affects all cruise ship traffic, fishing boats and cargo, along with Port businesses and tenants, marinas and campers at Jetty Park. The deadline to evacuate is noon on Wednesday.

Some cruise ships, including Disney Cruise Line, two Royal Caribbean cruises and a Carnival Cruise line, had already updated itineraries to avoid the storm, according to reports.

No 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,” Murray said in the announcement. “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.”

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