More than 1,000 pre-emptive flight cancellations have been made as airports in the southeast United States await the arrival of Hurricane Florence. Although the storm has been downgraded to a Category 2 event, wind speeds are still expected to be greater than 100mph when it strikes the southeast coast on Thursday evening. The associated coastal storm surge and extreme rainfall is expected to cause major floods in the Hurricane’s path.
The flight schedules have already been affected at airports from Georgia to Virginia and American Airlines has issued disruption warnings as Charlotte Douglas International Airport (IATA: CLT) in North Carolina is one of its busiest hubs. Airports in the Washington DC area appear to be outside of the storm’s expected trajectory, but its direction could still change.