Hurricane Matthew affecting flights in Chicago

FOX 32 NEWS - Hurricane Matthew is wreaking havoc on travel, even before it hits Florida.

And travelers headed into the hurricane zone got some rude news if they didn't check their flight ahead of time before heading to O’Hare.

With airports in Orlando, Jacksonville and elsewhere shutting down before Matthew's arrival, numerous flights were canceled.

A family from Buffalo Grove was still heading to Orlando Thursday afternoon, but two days ago had wisely changed their flights.

“Well we're headed to Disney World and we were originally supposed to fly into Orlando airport, but we were proactive and switched our tickets from Orlando to Tampa and our flight has not been canceled as of yet,” said Faith Goldstein, who was flying with her parents and her 8-year-old son.

A woman from Jacksonville was supposed to be heading back home with her 4-year-old daughter after visiting family in the Chicago area. But the hurricane forced a change in plans.

“Our house is actually not too far from the beach in Jacksonville, Florida. We can't go home, so we are going to go to Virginia to be with my husband until we can go back, go back home,” said Marlinda Robinson.

Her husband is in the Navy stationed in Norfolk. But right now, Robinson's thoughts are focused on her home. Since she's lived in Jacksonville, she's never had to deal with a hurricane.

“I'm kind of in a panic because I don't want the house to blow away. But, just got to see what happens, it's kind of scary,” Robinson said.

For Goldstein and her family, their Orlando trip has been an annual event for the past eight years and this is the first time a hurricane has ever impacted their vacation.

What are their backup plans?

“Good question, I'm hoping to get some shopping time in which I never do so hoping to go to the outlet malls maybe instead,” Goldstein said.

“Hmm, I may like play (in) my house, play with the iPad,” said her 8-year-old son Brandon Berlant.

Goldstein’s mother was trying to be optimistic.

“They're saying Saturday, Sunday, Monday when we’ll  be there is going to be gorgeous, beautiful, 80, sunny, no real rain or anything, it's going to blow out. So, that's what we're hoping for at this point,” said Debbie Gluskin.

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