Hurricane Harvey affecting flights as residents rush to leave Texas
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KTUL) —
With the arrival of Category 4 Hurricane Harvey imminent, Texas residents fled to nearby airports to catch the quickest flight out of the state.
Tulsa's Channel 8's Ryan Braschler said all the morning flights out of the San Antonio International Airport made it out on time.
It was the afternoon when passengers started to see problems.
Delays started popping up right and left.
"Obviously, it's really formed well and you can definitely see the eye and it's coming," said Tonya Hope, San Antonio International Airport staff member.
"I do feel very fortunate and God bless the people in Texas," Hope said.
"We're actually calling in more manpower to be here to help. If we need to have more seats, more areas for passengers we'll be ready with that," said another San Antonio International Airport staff member.
Crews at the airport were prepared in case people had to turn the terminal into a hotel.
"If we're going to have extra people here, we're telling our vendors to be ready with extra food, extra water. We want to be prepared if we're going to have extra people here," an airport spokesperson said.
Dozens of scheduled flights, thousands of passengers, but how bad is too bad?
"If the wind is not really gusting and it's straight down the runway then you can operate with fairly high winds, but if the wind is across the runway then you get into that 28-30 miles an hour range that's when you start to run into problems," said an airport spokesperson.
The airport said they went ahead and moved a lot of things from the tarmac, and they're prepared for the worst case scenario.