Austin flights to Florida cancelled due to hurricane threat

The high winds of Hurricane Matthew roar over Baracoa, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The dangerous Category 4 storm blew ashore in Haiti, unloading heavy rain as it swirled on toward a lightly populated part of Cuba and the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
The high winds of Hurricane Matthew roar over Baracoa, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The dangerous Category 4 storm blew ashore in Haiti, unloading heavy rain as it swirled on toward a lightly populated part of Cuba and the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Hurricane Matthew inches closer and closer to Florida, the Austin airport says they’re seeing airlines cancel flights to various parts of the Sunshine State. As of 7 p.m. Thursday, eight flights in and out of Austin have been affected.

Jet Blue and Southwest airlines cancelled flights to Orlando, Florida this afternoon. Both of the airlines also cancelled flights to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The hurricane is currently hitting the Bahamas bringing life-threatening weather. It is expected to soon hit Florida as it strengthens near the Gulf of Mexico.

Fort Lauderdale says they plan to close their airport at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. The Miami International Airport says travelers should monitor their flights for possible cancellations, but the airport will remain open. On their Twitter, Miami Airport tweeted a total of 341 arrivals and 305 departures have been cancelled so far on Thursday.

Cruise ship operators are also adjusting and cancelling cruises due to the hurricane.

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