Hurricane Dorian Clogs Interstates, Shuts Down Airports and Flights and Jumbles Cruises

Hurricane Dorian Slowing Down but Growing in Size as System Moves Toward Florida
  • Traffic is driving west in the eastbound lanes of major interstates.
  • More than 1,000 flights have been canceled.
  • Cruise lines are diverting ships or delaying their returns to ports that have been closed.

Hurricane Dorian is creating chaos with all types of travel.

Reports say Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport was under 5 feet of water Monday. A Florida lawmaker, Rep. Kion McGhee, shared a video of waves slapping against windows at the airport on the island of Grand Bahama. McGhee said the video was sent to him by a member of the Bahamian parliament, Iram Lewis. Communication has been cut off with much of the island since the storm hit Sunday.

About 130 miles to the southeast, on New Providence Island, Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau confirmed it was open Monday, but 36 flights have been canceled.

(MORE: What’s Next for Hurricane Dorian?)

More than 1,000 flights in and out of Florida on Monday have been canceled, according to, including more than 500 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and more than 250 at Orlando International Airport.

Orlando International remained open Monday despite those flight cancellations. Previously the airport had announced it would close at 2 a.m. Monday but rescinded that announcement after Dorian’s forecast path changed.

Several other Florida airports shut down operations or suspended commercial flights.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International closed at noon Monday.

Palm Beach International Airport suspended all commercial flights beginning Monday.

Daytona Beach International Airport planned to close its terminal at 6 p.m. Monday. Customers with scheduled flights were told to check with their air carrier directly.

Jacksonville International Airport remains open but advised travelers to contact the airline they are flying.

Orlando Melbourne International Airport suspended commercial flights and closed the terminal at noon Monday.

Miami International Airport did not announce any closures.

Carriers including American Airlines, Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit, United and Frontier are waiving change fees.

Interstate travel, which would have already been busy with Labor Day travelers, got much tougher as hundreds of thousands of coastal residents were told to evacuate.

(MORE: Southeast Prepares for Dorian: Evacuations Set for Georgia, South Carolina)

In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster ordered more than 800,000 residents to leave their homes. Eastbound traffic was allowed to drive on Interstate 26’s westbound lanes from Charleston to Columbia beginning at noon Monday.

South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers lead cars to Columbia, South Caroling, on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 from Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday, September 2, 2019.

(South Carolina Department of Public Safety/@SCDPS_PIO

In Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp announced the mandatory evacuation of coastal areas east of Interstate 95, lanes were reversed on Interstate 16 from Savannah to U.S. 441 in Dublin.

The Cruise Critic reports that several cruise lines have canceled cruises or altered itineraries because of the hurricane, including Norwegian Cruise Line, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Carnival.

It was unclear whether or not some ships would be able to return to or leave ports in Florida and South Carolina.

Some ships will stay at sea an extra day or two and wait for ports to reopen. The website recommended signing up for text alerts from the cruise line.

At least six cruises were affected by the closing of Port Canaveral in Florida, according to Florida Today. The affected ships are the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas on Sunday, and the Carnival Elation, Carnival Liberty, Disney Dream, Norwegian Sun and Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas on Monday.

The closing of Port Miami and Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale also affected cruises. For example, the Norwegian Breakaway is not be able to return to Miami and will instead dock in New Orleans on Tuesday, according to Cruzely. The Carnival Horizon had to leave Port Miami when it closed and may not be able to take on passengers for the next cruise until Wednesday.

2019-09-02 17:00:00

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