TLH monitors Hurricane Florence, flight impacts

Published: Sep. 13, 2018 at 4:05 PM EDT
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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News

September 13, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- As Hurricane Florence nears landfall, airports along the east coast are closing runways and airlines are canceling flights.

As of noon, Delta had cancelled 150 flights. Meanwhile, American Airlines said it is monitoring the storm.

"I just kept checking Atlanta weather. We're due to fly out of there like 5:15, 5:30," said Susan Thurmond, who was flying out of the Tallahassee International Airport on Thursday.

As of Thursday afternoon, there haven't been any major changes or impacts at TLH. However, airport staff said they will continue to watch the storm and communicate with airlines.

Aviation Director David Pollard said travelers should continue keeping an eye open for changes.

"There are several airports being affected, as you can imagine at this point. So as those airports make their own individual decisions, they'll put that out in their media channels. But it's very important to check if you are going anywhere up in that area or direction," said Pollard.

American Airlines operates a direct flight to Charlotte. At this point, no flights have been affected.

But, that hasn't stopped some travelers from worrying.

"My return trip takes me through Charlotte on Monday, so I'm quite concerned whether I'll be able to make my connection," said Jim Creighton, who was flying to South America on Thursday.

He said there are no other options for a return flight. Although the possibility of flight delays or cancellations can be concerning, he said his focus is on the people who are in the direct path of the storm.

"I'm most concerned about the people there because the worst thing that can happen to me is I've got to layover. We're talking about people's lives, property," he said.