More than 1,200 flights canceled as Florence nears Carolinas

In this NOAA satellite handout image, shows Hurricane Florence it just makes landfall off the coast of the U.S. in the Atlantic Ocean on September 13, 2018. Coastal cities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under evacuation orders as the Category 2 hurricane approaches the United States. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

A flight-tracking service says about 1,200 U.S. airline flights scheduled for today or tomorrow have been canceled, with some airports in the Carolinas essentially shut down.

FlightAware said in its midday report that the number of canceled flights could increase.

Click flights at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport here and Akron-Canton Airport here

However, the hurricane’s effect on the nationwide air-travel system could be less than feared if, as now forecast, Florence veers away from the American Airlines hub airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, and doesn’t score a direct hit on Delta Air Lines’ massive hub in Atlanta.

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