As a result of Tropical Storm Ernesto approaching Central Florida, Kennedy Space Center will close at midnight tonight.

All non-essential KSC employees are being asked not to report to work on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Based on current conditions, the center is expected to reopen Thursday, Aug. 31, or as soon as the “all clear” is given.

A ride-out crew has been designated and will remain at KSC in critical facilities during the storm.

If HURCON I (hurricane condition with 58 mph sustained winds within 12 hours) is declared, the ride-out crew will report to their appointed stations until the “all clear” is given.

The KSC Press Site is closed at this time and will remain closed until the “all clear” is given.