Travelers brace for headaches as Hurricane Matthew moves North

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – During the busy morning hours at Buffalo Niagara International airport Wednesday, all flights were departing on time. But, that situation could change quickly as Hurricane Matthew moves North.

The storm is expected to brush Florida as early as Thursday. It’s already caused severe damage in the Caribbean, and is responsible for at least 11 deaths.

Up the U.S. coast, states are preparing for the worst. Several have declared states of emergency, and millions of people have been warned to prepare to evacuate.

At Buffalo Niagara International on Wednesday, passengers were moving ahead with their plans to fly to Florida. A few passengers who talked to News 4 as they were getting ready to fly out told us they were making plans to weather the storm when they landed. Others, who were flying to Tampa, said they remained hopeful the storm wouldn’t hit their area.

Many airlines are waiving their normal fees to change or cancel flight plans to cities that may be impacted by Matthew. Those waivers depend on the destination airport and the travel dates, so all passengers should check with their airline to see their options.

AAA travel managers have been working since last week to make sure that all customers who booked trips through them are in good shape to get where they’re going and to get home.

All travelers should check their flight statuses before they head to the airport. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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