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Emirates airline cancels more Florida flights ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Three US states have ordered the evacuation of coastal residents

Emirates airline cancels more Florida flights ahead of Hurricane Dorian
An information board displaying canceled flights is seen in the departure hall at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale

Emirates airline has cancelled flights to and from the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale and Orlando as residents of three US states are evacuated ahead of Hurricane Dorian, the airline has announced.

In a statement posted on its website, Emirates said that flight EK 213 from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale, and its return flight – EK 214 – have both been cancelled on Tuesday, September 3.

On Wednesday, September 4, flights EK 219 and EK220 to and from Orlando were also cancelled.

“Customers booked for travel with Emirates on a ticket purchased before August 30 2019 and for travel up to September 8, can opt to change their flights up to 7 days later than originally booked,” the statement added.

Emirates customers have been advised to contact their travel agent or booking offices to make changes to their bookings, and to check their flight status for the latest updates.

On Monday, Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas, where it killed at least five people.

US forecasters said they expected the hurricane to remain in the Bahamas into Tuesday.

In a bulletin, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said that Dorian weakened slightly to a still-dangerous category 4 storm with “devastating winds and storm surge.”

"Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days," the NHC said, adding that it is expected to move towards the Florida coast late Tuesday, and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.

All three US states have ordered residents living in coastal areas to evacuate, affecting nearly a million people.

North Carolina and Virginia has also declared a state of emergency.

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