VANCOUVER, Wash. — Dorian is forcing some people in our area to change plans this labor day weekend.
Zoey Orange, 18, of Vancouver had plans to fly to Florida from Portland International Airport on Sunday.
The trip with stops in New Orleans and New York was a graduation gift from her older sister.
"It takes a lot of planning and money and I thought it was really thoughtful. It was a great idea at the time, you know," Orange said.
Hurricane Dorian forced the sisters and people across the country to cancel their plans.
The Category 5 hurricane already hit the Bahamas with 180 mph winds while residents in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina prepare for the worst.
"There were some parts of our flight that couldn't be refunded but that’s what happens when you cancel," Orange said.
Several major airlines including American, Delta, United, JetBlue, and Southwest are waiving change fees for flights traveling through certain Florida airports.
The storm is expected to cause a ripple effect in air travel during an already busy holiday weekend.
A record 17.5 million passengers are traveling on U.S. carriers this week, up 4% from last year.
Orange said rescheduling was a minor inconvenience compared to what thousands may face in Dorian's path.
"It just makes me worried for the safety of other people," Orange said.
A PDX spokeswoman said no flights to or from Portland have been impacted by Dorian but that could change in the coming days.
Passengers should check with their individual carriers for any flight changes.