Runways Flooded At Houston Hobby Airport, Flights Canceled

Airlines And Cruise Lines Prepare As Hurricane Harvey Heads Toward Texas

Southwest Airlines Co. said its flights at Hobby are canceled until Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration said the smaller William P. Hobby Airport closer to downtown Houston would stay closed until Wednesday as historic rainfall drenching the fourth-largest USA city continues.

Alaska Airlines has issued a change-fee waiver for flights out of Austin, San Antonio and Houston. IB/OB roads are closed due to flooding.

Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which files to both New Orleans and Baton Rouge's airports, is also closed.

The mass cancelations are spreading outside of Houston as well.

An 11:39 a.m. arrival, as well as a 9 p.m. arrival, on United Airlines to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport have been canceled.

Meanwhile, at least two persons have so far died in Southeast Texas, following the most powerful storm to hit the state in more than 50 years.

Officials anticipate "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding", urging people in severely impacted areas to go to their roofs for safety as total accumulation of rain could be as high as 35 inches and reach historic levels, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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