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9 Airports Remain Closed From Hurricane Florence. Here's When They're Expected to Reopen

Sept. 15, 2018
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Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning as a weakening Category 1 hurricane packing sustained winds of 90mph. However, the massive formerly-Category 4 hurricane still inflicted damage similar to a major hurricane in its storm surge, and catastrophic rains continue to fall.

Through Thursday morning, 1,300 flights had already been cancelled because of the hurricane, and that number has now climbed to more than 2,500. 497 US flights scheduled for Saturday have been cancelled with another 178 flights already cancelled for Sunday.

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And cancellations are likely to continue at three key airports: Atlanta, GA (ALT), Charlotte, NC (CLT) and Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) as the storm passes through the area bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Charlotte has a 19% chance of getting sustained tropical storm force winds during the next 36 hours.

Through 9am Saturday morning, the airports hardest hit by cancellations (from Thursday-Sunday) are:

  • Charlotte (CLT): 644 cancellations
  • Raleigh/Durham (RDU): 460 cancellations
  • Charleston, SC (CHS): 422 cancellations — closed for the storm
  • Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR): 230 cancellations
  • Atlanta (ATL): 160 cancellations
  • Wilmington, NC (ILM): 154 cancellations — closed for the storm
  • Norfolk, VA (ORF): 130 cancellations

With Charleston (CHS) reopening at 12:10pm on Saturday afternoon, eight airports are still shut down completely due to the hurricane, while others — such as Myrtle Beach — technically remain open despite all commercial flights being cancelled. As of the latest Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) report, here are the airports still closed and when they're expected to reopen:

AirportCityCodeScheduled Reopen
Albert J. Ellis AirportJacksonville, NCOAJ15-Sep 9:00pm
Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional AirportRocky Mount, NCRWI16-Sep 4:00am
Coastal Regional AirportNew Bern, NCEWN16-Sep 10:00am
Florence Regional AirportFlorence, SCFLO16-Sep 10:00am
Wilmington International AirportWilmington, NCILM16-Sep 4:00pm
Berkeley County AirportMoncks Corner, SCMKS17-Sep 12:00pm
Seymour Johnson Air Force BaseGoldsboro, NCGSB17-Sep 2:00pm
Pitt-Greenville AirportGreenville, NCPGV24-Sep 12:00pm

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This article has been updated as of 12:40pm with the reopening of Charleston Airport (CHS) and the latest FAA reopening data.

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