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Hundreds of flights travelling to, from, and within the United States have been affected by oncoming Hurricane Dorian as it grows in size and moves closer to Florida.

Air Canada and WestJet are among dozens of airlines that have cancelled and delayed flights headed towards Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach.

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After pummelling the Bahamas for almost 2 days, Hurricane Dorian has claimed 5 lives and forecasters say the storm is now moving dangerously close to Florida.

According to WestJet’s website, the company will be making operational changes to flights travelling to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Fort Myers, Tampa, and Nassau depending on weather conditions.

As of Sunday, September 1st, the airline cancelled all flights to and from Fort Lauderdale “until it is safe to resume flying”.

 

Meanwhile, Air Canada implemented a policy through which passengers whose flights to various Florida airports were affected by the tropical storm can rebook their tickets free of charge, to another date between now and September 14, 2019.

On September 2nd, the Government of Canada issued a travel advisory, warning Canadians to avoid all travel to the U.S. east coast, from Jupiter Inlet in Florida to Duck in North Carolina, including Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, due to hurricane Dorian.

Hurricane Dorian is likely to bring excessive rainfall and violent winds. It may cause flash flooding and landslides and could severely disrupt a range of essential services.