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Disney World, Universal and SeaWorld shut down as Hurricane Matthew approaches

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(AP Photo/Tim Aylen). Wind brought by Hurricane Matthew blow palm trees on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen). Wind brought by Hurricane Matthew blow palm trees on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- With dangerous Hurricane Matthew approaching Florida's coastline, officials at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld say they'll be shutting down until the storm passes.

Disney officials said on the company's website Thursday afternoon that theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, the miniature golf course and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex would close at 5 p.m. The theme park will remain closed through Friday.

Alyson Lundell is director of public relations for Universal Orlando. She said in a statement that Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Citywalk would close at 5 p.m. and remain closed on Friday.

Earlier Thursday, SeaWorld announced on its website that the park would close at 2 p.m. and remain closed on Friday.

Matthew was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane late Thursday morning, with top sustained winds of 140 mph. The storm was blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone, and officials in Florida urged residents to prepare for what could be widespread and massive damage.

The looming impact of the powerful storm has also prompted Florida Atlantic to move its football game against Charlotte from Saturday to Sunday.

FAU made the announcement Thursday morning and cautioned that Sunday's reschedule date is tentative. Further assessments will be made once the storm clears South Florida, likely sometime on Friday.

Decisions were also likely to come Thursday regarding the status of No. 18 Florida's home game Saturday against LSU and Saturday night's Georgia at South Carolina game.

For now, No. 23 Florida State's game at No. 10 Miami is still on as scheduled for Saturday night. Officials from both schools say they are continuing to monitor developments and are discussing contingency plans.

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