Matthew grounding planes from Providence to FL

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Plenty of flights to and from Florida were already in the air by midday Thursday, but the window is rapidly closing for travelers, and flights are starting to be canceled due to Hurricane Matthew. It’s a similar case for sea travelers, too.

T.F. Green Airport in Warwick listed flights to and from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale canceled, starting with a Southwest Airlines flight at 1:25 p.m. Generally, Florida’s eastern coastal cities are affected.

The last passengers to get out to Florida were on an 11:30 a.m. JetBlue flight to Orlando.

“I just made it,” said Julio Carrillo before he left. He’s heading down to study in Orlando. “I didn’t finalize it until the last minute. But I’ve been planning for it for some time now.”

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He’s prepared for Florida storms before, too, by stocking up on water and supplies — but it’s always a mad dash: “The roads can get clustered… Gas stations… the lines get long. It’s one of those things, you want to prepare for as best you can; maybe a stand-by generator or backup generator.”

A Southwest flight to Tampa — on the west coast of Florida — proceeded to depart as normal.

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