Hurricane Dorian triggers hundreds of flight cancellations on Labor Day weekend

Hurricane Dorian triggers hundreds of flight cancellations on Labor Day weekend

Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas with ferocious wind and rain on Sunday, the monstrous Category 5 storm wrecking towns and homes as it churned on an uncertain path toward the United States coast where hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate.

Among those volunteers are Oklahomans - as Oklahoma Red Cross deployed nine volunteers and four emergency response vehicles to the east coast ahead of the hurricane.

"One of our volunteers is a mental health expert", says Zanny Marsh with the Red Cross.

IFRC said it had released 250,000 Swiss francs ($252,000, 230,000 euros) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to bolster the initial response to the crisis, and to provide some 500 families with emergency shelter assistance.

Many airlines were waiving changing and cancellation fees to and from Florida and SC.

90 percent of the American Red Cross workforce is volunteers.

Orlando International Airport, Florida's busiest airport, planned to cease operations Tuesday morning, bearing in mind the uncertain path of Hurricane Dorian. "So, every time you go to the store buy a little extra bottle of water, buy a few extra snacks that you can use, buy extra batteries, make sure you have your insurance papers and birth certificates and prescriptions, the kind of things you might need to pack and take off".

The Red Cross is coordinating with community partners and emergency responders to prepare evacuation centers for people who may seek shelter over the Labor Day weekend.



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