Hurricane Matthew Bearing Down on Florida Coast, Thousands of Flights Cancelled Stranding Travelers
Hurricane Matthew is currently hammering the Bahamas with high winds and heavy rains, including 15” of rainfall in the capital city, Nassau. The storm has already caused 25 deaths in the region.
The hurricane is expected to make landfall in the United States Thursday night on the east coast of Florida. Hurricane warnings have been issued in major cities such as Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida, while hurricane watches have been issued in Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Travelers are already feeling the effects of the storm, as many major airports in the region have seen massive flight cancellations and delays. As of 9:45 a.m. EDT, Orlando international Airport posted 193 cancellations, while Miami International Airport has had 264 cancellations. Meanwhile, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will be completely shut down as of 10:30 a.m.
West Palm Beach International Airport has had 74 cancellations, and airlines are starting to take precautions for Friday, as 84 flights have already been cancelled into and out of Orlando for tomorrow, and 49 flights into and out of Fort Lauderdale have been cancelled for Friday.
In addition, local authorities have issued evacuation orders for many parts of Florida and South Carolina.
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