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Though we here in Columbus can breathe a sigh of relief that we are miles away from Hurrican Matthew’s destruction, some travels were feeling the impact of the Category 5 hurricane.

By Thursday evening, no more planes were to leaving to go down south to Florida or the Carolinas. As we speak, Matthew’s 150 mph winds are bounding on Florida’s coastline, shutting down airports in airports in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami.

John Glen International Airport spokesperson Angie Tabor said the Columbus airport may be used to help flights that may have to reroute to avoid encountering the hurricane. It’s the same for military aircraft, which are now being grounded at Rickenbacker. She predicts that more flights and airports may be canceled as we watch the hurricane makes it way up the coast.

“We really encourage travelers to stay in contact with their airlines to understand what’s happening with their flights,” Tabor said.

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