SFO – Florida Flights Cancelled Ahead Of Hurricane Matthew

SAN FRANCISCO INT’L AIRPORT (CBS SF) – Several flights into and out of San Francisco have been canceled Thursday due to the impacts of Hurricane Matthew in Florida.

So far there have been 14 cancellations, including nine arrivals and five departures, San Francisco International Airport Duty Manager Bob Rotiski said.

The flights were scheduled to fly into or out of Ft.  Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Miami International Airport and Orlando International Airport.

The airlines affected are JetBlue, United, American and Virgin America, Rotiski said.

Hurricane Matthew is described as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of nearly 140 mph by the National Weather Service.

The storm is moving towards the east coast of Florida at roughly 14 mph and is expected to move close to or over the Florida coast sometime Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Because of the storm’s expected path along the coast, Ft.  Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was closed to all flights early this morning.

The Orlando International Airport website says to expect the airport to close by 8 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, and flights are expected to resume at some point on Saturday.

The Miami International Airport website says travelers should expect more cancellations Thursday.

Both the Oakland International and the Mineta San Jose International airports are not reporting delays or cancellations, as they don’t offer direct flights to the storm-lashed region of Florida, but passengers are being advised to keep a close eye on their flights.

“There could be residual effects throughout the airlines’ networks,” Mineta San Jose International Airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said. “Anyone traveling should check with the airlines directly.”

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