- Kara Driscoll Staff Writer
As Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma, local flights have been delayed and cancelled in preparation of the momentous storm.
Hurricane Irma remains a category 5 hurricane with max sustained winds at 185 m.p.h., cone still has the storm potentially hitting Florida — causing more chaos for the flight industry still recovering from delays and cancellations due to Hurricane Harvey.
Irma is currently closing in on the Virgin Islands, where airports have shut down completely. Tropical Storm Jose is nearing hurricane strength with winds at 70 m.p.h.
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On Wednesday morning, approximately 913 flights in the U.S. had been cancelled and approximately 4,886 delays were issued across the country. Houston Bush International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport had the most cancellations and delays on Tuesday, while Puerto Rico’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport topped the list with 80 cancellations on Wednesday.
Local expert Jay Ratliff advised that travelers should check to see if their flight is on time before they leave for the airport. Because the tropical storm is “an act of God,” airlines won’t reschedule flights for free on other airlines, pay for hotels or give food vouchers, he said.
Most flights out of the Dayton International Airport and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport have not been impacted yet, but local airports could see more delays as Irma makes its way to Florida.
The airlines — like Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Allegiant Air and American Airlines — have issued a weather waivers, where passengers can change their dates of travel to a later time to avoid weather-related travel issues.
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