State officials have urged all residents in the path of Hurricane Florence to evacuate before the major hurricanes makes landfall.
Flights from Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham landed in Windsor Locks Wednesday morning boarded with residents seeking safe shelter from Hurricane Florence.
Both the Carolinas and Virginia could be hit by what the National Weather Service is calling the strongest storm to touch the region in decades.
Some cutting trips short to avoid delayed flights or getting stuck at the airport.
Richard Holcomb of New Haven told 22News, “Charlotte. I was out in Oakland. My daughter had her third child and I wanted to get back ahead of the storm.”
22News spoke with passengers from the Carolinas Wednesday who said their biggest fears are returning home once Hurricane Florence is over.
Katie Lynch, a college student in North Carolina, told 22News, “It’s a risk coming here to avoid the storm but on the way back especially if classes start on Monday. I’m a little uncertain about my ability to get back ’cause maybe I can driving but even then it could be a little bit of a risk.”
So far, airlines have canceled hundred of flights in and out of the Carolinas in preparation for the storm.