Airports along the east coast of the US will begin resuming operations today after Hurricane Florence left a path of destruction last week.

American Airlines says it will begin flying from regional airports in Fayetteville, North Carolina today, as well as Florence and Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. From tomorrow (18 September), it will resume operations at New Bern and Wilmington airports in North Carolina, from Jacksonville, North Carolina on 19 September and from Greenville, North Carolina on 20 September.

Charlotte Douglas and Raleigh-Durham international airports in North Carolina and Charleston International in South Carolina have also reopened and airlines are resuming regular schedules.

Florence has now weakened and has been downgraded to a tropical depression with winds of 35mph, according to the National Hurricane Centre. The storm has left areas of North and South Carolina flooded after dropping up to 100cm of rain and official figures report at least 15 fatalities related to the storm.

Weather experts predict the storm will continue travelling north along the mid-Atlantic states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and southern parts of New York and the New England region, although it will bring weaker winds of 30mph and less intense rainfall.

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