Airlines cancel hundreds of flights as Hurricane Matthew hits U.S.

Airlines canceled hundreds of flights for Thursday and again Friday as Hurricane Matthew pelted the Florida coast with high winds and heavy rain.

Flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport heading

Flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport heading down to Florida have been canceled as Hurricane Matthew approaches. (October 6, 2016 7:21 PM)

Airlines canceled hundreds of flights for Thursday and again Friday as Hurricane Matthew pelted the Florida coast with high winds and heavy rain.

The Fort Lauderdale airport shut down on Thursday morning, and farther north the Orlando airport expected to do the same by nighttime.

Before 2 p.m. Eastern time, flight-tracking service FlightAware.com reported that 1,500 Thursday flights...

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