A state of emergency is now in effect across Florida, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina after the Category 4 storm arrived in the US on Wednesday, bringing the potential for travel disruption.

Authorities say they are waiting for daylight to assess the full extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Florida’s panhandle, but there are already reports of two fatalities in the US related to the storm and many people are unaccounted for. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses are without power across Florida, Alabama and Georgia, according to local media.

American Airlines says it is still monitoring the storm to determine if cancellations will be necessary. Meanwhile, Delta is warning passengers of disruption on flights to, from or through cities in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Those planning to travel to south eastern US states this week are advised to continue monitoring weather conditions and check with their airline before departing for the airport, as cancellations are likely to continue as Hurricane Michael continues moving up the east coast.

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