ATLANTA - Officials at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport say they are preparing for anything Hurricane Florence may throw their way.
Airport officials told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot they’re expecting the world's busiest airport to get even busier over the next few days as evacuees flying out of harm’s way that may be coming to or through Atlanta.
Airport spokeswoman Elise Durham said they are already busy working with airports in the path of Florence to be ready to shoulder some of the load if the worst-case scenario comes true.
“What we anticipate is if other airports are impacted, we may have an influx of passengers here,” Durham said. “A major hurricane could disrupt air travel all over the Eastern Seaboard so we’re working closely with the airlines to see what may happen as it related to any flights that might be impacted, and we stand ready to help.”
Tammy Livers arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday for a business trip. She told Elliot when she saw that Hurricane Florence was headed toward her home in Charleston, she told her husband to pack up their son and head to Atlanta too.
“When we found out we were in the path of the hurricane, I said to my 4-year-old son and my husband, ‘Why don’t you pack up and meet me in Atlanta, and we’ll turn our business trip into an evacuation trip,’” Livers said.
As her family drives to Atlanta, Livers’ said her thoughts are on the rest of her family in South Carolina.
“My whole family lives in Pawley’s Island, Myrtle Beach, Hemingway, so I’ve got three sisters, two brothers and a mom and a dad that are all in evacuation mode,” Livers said.
Airport officials say they really expect to start seeing evacuees coming through starting Wednesday.
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