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US airlines prepare for arrival of Hurricane Florence

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US airlines are allowing passengers to change their travel plans as Hurricane Florence threatens the east coast.

The storm is expected to make landfall in North Carolina as a major Category 4 hurricane on Thursday (13 September) bringing winds of up to 140 miles per hour.

American Airlines has issued a travel waiver for passengers using 23 airports located in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia, including the hub of Charlotte, for those travelling between 10 and 19 September.

Delta is meanwhile allowing flights to be changed without incurring any fees under a “weather waiver” from 10 airports in the region for travel from 13 to 16 September. Delta has also introduced price caps on fares from several airports in the projected path of the hurricane.

United’s weather waiver runs for travel from 10 to 16 September and covers 16 airports including Charlotte and Raleigh Durham.

The UK Foreign Office (FCO) said in its travel advisory: “Hurricane Florence is forecast to bring life-threatening weather conditions to North Carolina and South Carolina, with potential effects in coastal Georgia and Virginia.

“The storm is expected to intensify in the coming days, with the potential to make landfall on the morning of Thursday, 13 September in coastal North Carolina as a major hurricane.”

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