PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Hurricane Matthew is causing troubles for air travelers.
The storm has left many airports in Florida looking like ghost towns.
Here at home, Florida-bound flights from Pittsburgh International Airport have been canceled.
“So far, we’ve seen about 10 flights canceled today, mostly to Florida and the affected areas so Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Savannah, Georgia, so those are the places that we’re seeing flight cancellations,” Pittsburgh International Airport spokesman Bob Kerlik said.
So far, more than 4,500 flights across the country have been canceled because of Hurricane Matthew.
Airports in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando are essentially shut down.
“Obviously, people work with their airline if they’re stranded. However, if there is a large number of people stranded, I mean, we work with local hotels and if need be, we have accommodations in the terminal that we can handle,” Kerlik said.
Southwest Flight 924 was the last flight out of Orlando to Pittsburgh Thursday, and the travelers on it were relieved to be out of the path of Hurricane Matthew.
“I was nervous to be down there,” said Melanie Vargo. “Some of the resorts are new. I didn’t know if they were hurricane ready.”
The National Hurricane Center said at 6 a.m. EDT Friday that during the last hour, a wind gust of 100 mph occurred in Cape Canaveral.
The Category 3 storm is centered about 25 miles east of Cape Canaveral and is moving north-northwest at 14 mph.
At that time, the western edge of Hurricane Matthew’s eyewall was brushing Florida’s coast at Cape Canaveral.
More than 300,000 in Florida are without power Friday morning.
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