Airlines have already begun to cancel flights as a proactive measure against the anticipated impact of Hurricane Irma.

As of Tuesday night, the category 5 hurricane was headed towards the Caribbean with life-threatening flooding, damaging winds and rough surf.

Cancellations have begun at the Virgin Islands, St. Maartin, flights to south Florida, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

American Airlines has added departing flights from some of those areas because of the demand.

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One traveler at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said she noticed a huge jump in airline prices on Tuesday. The first time Angela Hong tried to book a flight for her aunt, a roundtrip was $167. Later in the day, the price was more than $500.

“It's frustrating because we know that she has to get out of there, and we want to get there safe,” Hong said. “It's going to cost a lot of money to do that, so we're still working on making arrangements.”

The flight cancellations due to Hurricane Irma will likely increase as it churns close to Florida.

Southwest Airlines customers are encouraged to check their website for more information.

American Airlines customer click here.

Delta customers click here.

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