On Thursday, September 13, residents along the East Coast are preparing for the wrath of Hurricane Florence. The category 2 storm is expected to bring winds over 80 miles per hour, historic rainfall, and potentially life-threatening flooding.
In preparation for the storm, airlines have been working tirelessly to ensure the safety of the customers. According to CNBC, airlines have canceled over 1,000 flights between Thursday and Friday. The flights would have been headed to the Carolinas or Virginia.
On Wednesday night, Charleston International Airport closed. Its doors will remain shut through Friday, and potentially even later through the weekend. Reportedly, American Airlines’ hub in Charlotte will remain open, though Southwest Airlines has canceled all flights from there for Thursday and Friday.
Last year during the season’s storms, several airlines were criticized when ticket prices spiked right before they made landfall. This year, American, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, and United Airlines all said that they would cap certain airfares below what typical last-minute tickets would cost.
While many people have chosen to listen to the evacuation orders, many others are choosing to remain home during the storm. Top politicians have issued warnings to residents to make all preparations necessary in order to stay safe.
Please be praying for those in the storm's path. We will continue to update as more information is revealed. In other recent news, many conservatives are furious after Colin Kaepernick's news.