Thousands of flights cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew

Photo courtesy: Bob Bennett

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/WAVY) — Thousands of flights have been cancelled nationally due to Hurricane Matthew. The Fort Lauderdale and Orlando airports are shut down. This is causing major issues for travelers.

WAVY received pictures taken at Norfolk International Airport Friday morning showing the impact there. There are several cancelled and delayed flights.

Check with your airline before going to the airport. You can check the flight status online.

Photo courtesy: Bob Bennett
Photo courtesy: Bob Bennett

Hurricane Matthew is taking a toll on travel across the country, and those that were able to make flights out of Florida are coming to places like Raleigh for safety.

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WAVY sister station WNCN CBS North Carolina spoke with several passengers at RDU as they arrived from different areas being impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

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Some people said they cut their trips to those areas short. Others decided they didn’t want to risk staying home so they came to the Triangle to meet friends.

“[It’s] chaos, you know? You go to Walmart, flashlights, duct tape, everything’s getting bought up. Everybody’s boarding their houses up. It’s getting pretty serious,” said Daytona Beach, Florida resident Rafel Moultrie.

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Katheryn Knauf from Fort Lauderdale, Florida said her family encouraged her to leave.

“Wow, my sister said, ‘Get out of there. Come see me in North Carolina.’ So, here I am,” she said.

Another Florida resident getting off a plane at RDU said she was lucky to get out — her friends not so much.

“I was fortunate. The other people I work with had to drive to Tampa to try and get out. And, two of them are sheltering in place,” said Jodi Hetzel.

It’s not only air travel that’s impacted. Amtrak suspended service between Miami and New York and some cruise lines rerouted their ships to avoid the storm.