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Delta, Southwest Airlines cancel hundreds of flights in Atlanta as Irma hits Georgia

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Atlanta: Hurricane Irma has created havoc in much of Florida. A large number of homes have been destroyed, many cities are being battered by flooding, torrential rains and tornadoes. Millions of people have been left without power and safe drinking water is not available in many areas.

In the meantime Hurricane Irma has been considerably weakened and now it is a tropical storm and not the category 4 hurricane that it was when it hit Miami.

Reports suggest that the storm is now approaching Georgia menacingly. Weathermen claim that the center of Irma has moved over Southwest Georgia. Officials claim that Irma has also reportedly claimed at least one life in the state.

The death has been occurred in Worth County. Meanwhile, some 918,000 Georgians were without power, many of them along the coast and in southern reaches of the state, according to Catherine Howden, chief of staff for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. A portion of I-16 in Bullock County that had been blocked by downed trees reopened Monday afternoon after a “good Samaritan” cleared the debris, officials said.

In the meantime reports suggest that Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson, canceled all of its Atlanta flights after 1 p.m., amounting to 60 to 70 percent of its Atlanta flights scheduled for Monday.

Other airline companies are not ready to take any chances either in such bad weather condition. Atlanta-based Delta said the expected north-south winds of 40 mph or greater will run perpendicular to the five parallel runways at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which can potentially threaten the safety of landings.

Reports suggest that Delta has cancelled as many as 900 flights including hundreds of flights at the airline’s massive hub in Atlanta, as well as continuing cancellations in Florida and the Caribbean.

There are reasons to believe that as Delta operates the world’s largest airline hub at Hartsfield-Jackson, and flight cancellations can disrupt travel plans of tens of thousands of people from around the country and the world. Before leaving for airport you should make sure to check the status of your flight.

In the meantime, in a travel advisory posted on its website, delta said, “Delta teams are monitoring conditions and fine-tuning forecasts to determine potential impact at Delta’s Atlanta hub for Monday and Tuesday. We are expecting high winds that may affect catering operations for flights out of Atlanta, which would require reductions in or changes to regular in-flight meal and beverage service (including special meal requests). While we are exploring all options to deliver the best service possible, in-flight service could be limited to water and snacks. Please plan ahead by bringing your preferred food onboard”.

“If you wish to cancel your trip as a result of a flight cancellation or significant delay (90 minutes or more), you are entitled to a refund for the unused portion of your ticket. Even if your flight is not canceled, you may make a one-time change to your ticket without fee if you are scheduled to travel to, from, or through the following destination(s) on Delta, Delta Connection®, or Delta-coded flights during the specified time periods listed below”, Delta said further.

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