DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Hurricane Matthew is headed to parts of the east coast, but it’s also impacting travelers here in the Miami Valley.
“If it’s going to hit Rhode Island,” Traveler Susan MacKinnon said. “I’m out of here Friday night.”
Susan MacKinnon–who’s in Dayton for business over the next days–has been watching the weather, making sure it’s steering clear of where she’s headed.
“If it does go up to New England it’s not suppose to get there until Sunday afternoon,” MacKinnon said. “So my flights on Saturday at 7am so I think I should be fine.”
If travelers, like MacKinnon, can’t make it back on time airlines are pitching in to help out.
“We’re seeing a very proactive approach,” AAA spokesperson Cindy Antrican said. “The airlines are actually giving vouchers to try and assist their travelers.”
If you’re heading to or from destinations in Florida, South Carolina or North Carolina–check with your airline because several are now waiving change fees for their passengers–offering them a way out before they get stuck somewhere that could be unsafe.
“If you have plans to go into an area that you know is being evacuated,” Antrican said. “Don’t go into the area listen to what the local experts are saying. Heed the warnings of those who are in charge of the safety of the region. You plan on going into. If you’re already in that region stay tuned to the local news media.”
MacKinnon knows from experience after surviving Hurricane Sandy–don’t stick around, if you have a way of getting out.
“I live on the beach,” Antrican said. “So I just kind of just boarded up and taped my windows and just hunkered down through the storm.”