6:13 PM EDT, August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene hasn't made landfall yet and it's already wreaking havoc on air travel along the East Coast. Many airlines have already begun cutting flights planned for the weekend. Almost all of the major carriers are also offering to waive fees for rescheduling flights so that travelers can avoid the danger altogether.
For travelers worried about cancellations, the best thing to do is call ahead before leaving for the airport and frequently check the website of the airline you are flying.
The uncertainty coming along the coast meant many travelers were scrambling to catch flights out of Indianapolis on Friday.
"So far we look good and it's not even that crowded here," said Steve Sass, who lives in the Baltimore area.
Even though Steve Sass knows his home could be impacted by Hurricane Irene, he was among many travelers simply happy to see he could still catch his flight to get there.
The timing couldn't be more crucial for Sass and many parents trying to get college students moved in to schools across the country. Sass said he was able to get his daughter moved in safely to college here in Indiana.
"We drove here from the East and then I get to fly back today," Sass said.
It's been a different story for other families, though. Dotty Maher of Zionsville just finished moving her daughter Molly into freshman housing at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
Though the two parted ways on Friday, the school is busy briefing students on what to do in case of a weather emergency.
"All of us are very, I guess, nervous about it," Molly Maher said. "First, we're freshman that don't really know what to expect and then on top of it we have the weather to worry about."
"It's a little unsettling for sure," said Dotty Maher, who spoke to Fox59 on the phone while driving back to Indiana. "Not only that she's a freshman but also she might be in harms way, but, you know, it appears that the school had procedures underway and that everything had been planned for."
Scarlett Cramer of Zionsville is in Newport News, Virginia helping her daughter move into a new apartment at Christopher Newport University. When they arrived they found the school had already decided to cancel events and classes from Friday through Monday and had already urged students to evacuate.
"We're probably the last ones heading out from the college just because she's got some friends who have a house," Cramer said. "We're taking in the beautiful day as long as we can and then we'll head out."
Though Scarlett's daughter and her friends are taking it all in stride, Molly Maher says she's already learned a big lesson about her new home.
"Very, very different from Indiana and Zionsville especially," Molly Maher said.