Hurricane Matthew not stopping Youngstown travelers

The hurricane is expected to be a Category 4 storm when it hits Florida

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VIENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – At the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, there are uncertainties for those flying into or out of Florida as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

Friday’s flights between Youngstown and Orlando in both directions are already canceled. Monday’s flights are not affected yet, but more changes could be coming, depending on how long the storm hovers over Florida and the Atlantic Coast.

Carol and Walter Eckstein arrived at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport Thursday. They live in Saint Petersburg, Florida, which isn’t likely to see the brunt of the storm because it is on the opposite side of the state from where Matthew is expected to hit.

“It was just a nice day like it always is. Florida is beautiful. I know we’re having a hurricane coming, but it’s on the other side. Hopefully it doesn’t do any harm on that side either.”

Others who landed in Vienna say they’re headed right back to the Sunshine State.

“I’m here to enjoy the weather about six hours and then we’re going to head back…We’re driving right back,” Linda Surrett said.

Robert Lutsky is flying to Florida because he wants to chase the hurricane.

“Just excited to get down there, and I think it comes in slowly so you’ll see it when it gets to a certain point. You just need to get into a stronger building, but it should be fine. Hurricanes come on shore all the time and people are okay,” he said.

Lutsky’s biggest worry is flying debris from the strong winds.

Florida residents living in evacuation zones are being warned to leave. Gov. Rick Scott told the approximately 1.5 million people living in evacuation zones that “this storm would kill you.”

The hurricane is expected to be a Category 4 storm when it hits land, meaning sustained winds should be about 145 miles per hour and gusts are up to 190 mph.