NEW ORLEANS -- Airlines are canceling hundreds of flights across the nation Thursday as Hurricane Matthew sweeps along the Florida coast.

Many flights between New Orleans and airports in the path of the storm were grounded.

At Armstrong International Airport, only a small number of flights to southern and central Florida were affected.
American Airlines canceled all of its flights into Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Beach.

The Ft. Lauderdale Airport also shut down Thursday morning. The Orlando Airport was expected to do the same Thursday evening. reported nearly 3000 flights were canceled Thursday and Friday as a result of the storm.

Generally, airports don't operate in sustained crosswinds that exceed 35 mph.

In New Orleans, WWL-TV didn't find any passengers stranded at the airport. Most of them got word in advance of the cancellations.

Airlines are also preparing to suspend flights in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina depending on where the hurricane strikes.