WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — As Hurricane Dorian barrels towards Florida, travelers are gearing up for what could be a rough holiday weekend to fly.
Dorian was upgraded to a category 4 storm on Friday night.
Flights heading to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Friday morning from Bradley were all on time, but that will change in the next 48 hours or so.
“We’re happy today is our flight, not tomorrow or the next day,” said Michael Hutter, who was flying to Tampa from Hartford. “Because we know we wouldn’t be going anywhere.”
Those who are scheduled to travel have been keeping a close eye on the media coverage of the storm, especially the forecast.
“We’ve just been paying attention to see which category it is because when it hits three or four it’s heavy winds and stuff like that,” said Mary Hamel, who was also heading back to Tampa on Friday after attending a wedding in Connecticut.
Airlines will start canceling flights this weekend as they get expensive aircraft out of harm’s way. That means travel plans will have to be put on hold or cancelled altogether.
Impacted passengers are encouraged to come up with a plan B sooner rather than later and contact their airline to make the appropriate arrangements.
The airlines have also issued travel advisories so if anyone is flying between Connecticut and Florida between now and the middle of next week you can go ahead and change or cancel your flight without having to pay an expensive fee.
Those who live in Florida are used to this, they’ve been through it all before. Some, more than others.
“The first year we moved down there was 2004. We had four hurricanes and we wondered why we were there,” Hamel explained while laughing.
Flights cancellations to and from Florida could impact other flights across the country due to certain aircraft not being in position to operate other flights.
Passengers are encouraged to check with their airline regardless of where they’re flying this weekend.
See how the airport looked earlier in the day Friday.