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Hurricane Florence: Airports, airlines prepare for the storm and thousands of flights delayed or cancelled

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The track of Hurricane Florence path

As Hurricane Florence against the direction of the Carolinas, airlines give warnings about thousands of flights experiencing delays or dropouts, and giving exemptions to the affected passengers.

The Category 2 hurricane, which was downgraded from a Category 4, but will affect millions in the Southeast, is expected to storm surges, flooding, heavy rainfall and strong winds to North-Carolina, South-Carolina, and Virginia, as well as parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center warned.

PHOTOS: PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE

From 4:45 pm Wednesday, 862 flights cancelled in the U.S. and 11,917 flights around the world were delayed, by live-flight-tracking service FlightAware. In addition, 509 flights scheduled for Thursday had founded and all of the United flights to and from Myrtle Beach, and Charleston were cancelled for Thursday and Friday.

Raleigh–Durham International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport are some of the air hubs mainly influenced by Florence.

Charleston International Airport tweeted that the runways will close, 11:50 pm on Wednesday and remain closed “at least until Friday as a result of the hurricane. Wilmington International Airport, also confirmed that the terminal will be closed until Friday.

The runways at #iflyCHS closes at 11:50 pm tonight and remain closed at least until Friday by #HurricaneFlorence. A number of important things for our passengers and other customers to know about is now available on our website and on https://t.co/JeeQyFxaml

— CharlestonSC Airport@iflyCHS) September 12, 2018

The last @AmericanAir and @Delta flights to @ILMairport until after the storm. The Terminal will be no services Thurs & Fri. Stay safe.

— ILM Airport (@ILMairport) September 12, 2018

Different airlines have waived fees for flights scheduled to cross the path of the storm. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines are some of the big providers that have apart from the cost of this tour through the Southeast through the next week.

We are closely monitoring the Hurricane Florence. To help affected customers, we have expanded our distance, with capped rates and removed baggage fees ahead of the storm. More details below. https://t.co/tiH7t777bd

— Delta (@Delta) September 11, 2018

Hurricane Florence updates:

– A travel waiver is in place: https://t.co/OOCEcWwN8m

– 1st, 2nd, excess, overweight and oversized baggage fees + in-cabin pet fees are waived

– Fares are lowered to/from affected communities pic.twitter.com/AOTdNnvq28

— United Airlines (@united) September 12, 2018

Delta Air Lines added 1200 seats from Wednesday evening through additional flights and converted aircraft are in the storm’s path to get people from the area for Florence hits.

Hurricane Florence is looking to be even bigger than expected. It will be arriving soon. FEMA, the Emergency services and law Enforcement are provided and ready. Safe!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2018

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“Hurricane Florence is looking to be even bigger than expected. It will be arriving soon. FEMA, the Emergency services and law Enforcement are provided and ready. Safe!” President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning.

Read more about the steps how to prepare for the storm here.

Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler and Zoe Szathmary contributed to this report.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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