More than 1,000 flights are canceled and 3 airports are shutting down completely as Hurricane Dorian approaches the East Coast
- More than 1,000 flights in the US have been canceled as Hurricane Dorian approaches the East Coast.
- At least three airports are closing in Florida, where hurricane conditions are expected as early as Monday night.
- The hurricane's path has been unusually unpredictable, but it is likely to affect Florida, as well as Georgia and South Carolina, and over a million people across the three states have been ordered to evacuate their homes.
- Many airlines have issued travel waivers that allow those who booked flights which may be directly affected by the storm to change their travel plans free of charge.
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More than 1,000 flights have been canceled in the US on Monday, and three Florida airports are shutting completely, as Category 5 Hurricane Dorian slowly approaches the East Coast.
Flight tracking website FlightAware said that 1,088 flights within, in to or out of the US on Monday had been canceled as of Monday morning. More than 450 of these flights were due to take off from airports in Florida.
Three Florida airports are closing completely on Monday as a result of Dorian's imminent arrival.
Palm Beach International Airport has closed for all of Monday, and said that passengers should contact their airlines for information about their flights.
It also warned people to stay away from the airport entirely: "Do not plan to shelter at PBI. PBI is not a shelter."
The hurricane is currently pounding the Bahamas with winds of up to 165 mph and storm surges as high as 23 feet.
Dorian's path is unusually unpredictable, but it is likely to affect Florida followed by Georgia and South Carolina. Over a million people across the three states have been ordered to evacuate their homes.
Other Florida airports, including Tampa International Airport, Miami International Airport, and Orlando International Airport, said they were monitoring the hurricane, and advised passengers to arrive early for their flights because of a high volume of passengers.
They also told passengers to check the status of their flights before travelling to the respective airports.
Airlines including American Airlines and United Airlines have issued travel waivers that allowing those who booked flights that might be directly affected by the storm change their travel plans free of charge.
The National Hurricane Center said on Monday morning that hurricane conditions could reach Florida as early as Monday night.
Dorian's path is unusually unpredictable and NHC forecasters say that it may not end up making landfall in Florida, but would still bring devastating conditions.