Flying to or from the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Laura approaches? Change your flight without fee

Due to fly in Hurricane Laura’s path? Major airlines including United, Southwest, Delta, American and Spirit are issuing fee waivers to allow travelers to adjust their flight plans ahead of the storm without any cost.

The stage is set for Hurricane Laura to deliver a devastating blow to the Gulf Coast late Wednesday into early Thursday. 

As a result, airlines have already started canceling flights ahead of the storm, with 100 flights to and from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on Wednesday already canceled, according to flight tracker FlightAware.

The National Hurricane Center projected Tuesday morning that Laura will become a Category 3 “major” hurricane before landfall, with winds of around 115 mph. A major hurricane has winds of at least 111 mph. 

In addition to the fierce winds, the hurricane is expected to bring a huge storm surge of Gulf sea water ashore, forecasters warned, potentially as high as 13 feet near the Texas/Louisiana border. On top of that, up to 15 inches of rain could fall in some spots in Louisiana.

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