ATLANTA — Even though Florence is still more than 24 hours from making landfall along the Carolina coast, airlines have already canceled more than 900 flights, and that list could grow.
Most of those are in the Carolinas, but it could cause a ripple effect, especially here in Atlanta at Hartsfield-Jackson International, as more flights are canceled.
11Alive's Bill Liss was at the airport, where airlines were making preparations.
Service to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia is limited, and as of right now, Delta has canceled 10 flights going into those airports. However, the airline added an extra 1000 seats for flights coming out of the affected areas. As for Thursday, Delta has premptively canceled all of its flights going into those states.
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But for passengers like Gretchen Vedder, who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, trying to get home has proven to be a significant challenge.
"Yeah, we're a little nervous," she said. "We've been hearing about the projections all week and being out of town all week, it's a little frightening."
So far, Delta has waived all travel change fees, baggage fees and pet fees. Southwest has suspended service to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. As for American Airlines, flights are still operating between Charlotte and Atlanta, but passengers should stay updated in in the event that flights change or are canceled.