Hurricane Matthew’s Travel Impact

Category Four Hurricane's Landfall Causing Travel Problems Across The Country

Each year, hurricane season falls between June and the end of November.

It’s a conversation “All About Travel” consultant, Lori Buus has with travelers.

“If they’re traveling during this time frame, that is a possibility,” said Buus.

That possibility became a reality for Sioux Falls resident, Sara Lee and her family.

A trip to West Palm Beach for a family reunion was the plan for this weekend before Hurricane Matthew entered the picture.

“We were the last flight to fly into West Palm Beach from what we were told. They’ve cancelled all the flights. My cousin was actually supposed to fly out this morning but they cancelled his flight,” said Lee.

When Lee and her family arrived in Florida, Hurricane Matthew was barreling through the Caribbean.

A change in plan was needed because of his projected path.

“We had a hotel and everything down there and we had to cancel it and come up to Tampa to avoid the hurricane,” said Lee.

Buus said travelers like Lee were lucky to plan ahead.

However, she said it gets more difficult from here.

“Reservation centers are just overwhelmed. You will spend an entire day on hold just to get through,” said Buus.

She said she recently had the issue while trying to get a client back home.

“We were on the phone with Allegiant yesterday for the entire day and never got though,” said Buss.

She recommends keeping internet access close if a trip south is necessary.

With service centers backed up, checking and booking flights on airline websites could be the only way travelers can weather the storm.

More than 2,500 flights were cancelled across the country today in preparation for Hurricane Matthew’s landfall.

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