By Jessica FloumacherThe Associated PressAssociated PressWASHINGTON — As Hurricane Harvey approaches the Gulf Coast, travelers will be scrambling to get food, water and supplies in and out of the country, including hotels.
For the first time in a decade, the government is telling airlines to stop flying in the Gulf of Mexico as a precaution after the storm’s impact on the shipping lane.
But even though it’s a mandatory evacuation order, many airlines are still taking it.
“We’re still getting people that have not been evacuated,” said Ryan Gagnon, a spokesman for Southwest Airlines.
The National Weather Service issued a mandatory order for all U.S. carriers to suspend all flights to and from the U.M.
S Gulf Coast.
It also issued a statement saying the airline was working to accommodate passengers who need to board at airports in the area.
The airlines are asking travelers to call 888-923-2417 or 888.407-WASH (4768) or visit the airlines website.
“In the meantime, we want to make sure people know where they are going to be able to go,” Gagn on the mandatory evacuation list.
He said Southwest would not be canceling any flights for a few days, but that it is “making sure everyone knows what’s happening.”
Gagnon said airlines could temporarily suspend flights in the Ummayad area to help alleviate the need for evacuations.
The Ummaysa Coast Guard has been coordinating evacuations in the region and providing supplies to people trying to get to Houston.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the U-N have issued emergency declarations for the U,M.
and S.M., and the governor of the Urumqi province of Xinjiang has been asked to provide additional assistance.
Hurricane Harvey is expected to cause billions of dollars in damage.
The storm is expected in the middle of the weekend and is expected make landfall on Texas coast on Friday, damaging coastal communities and making it difficult for people to return to the Umaysa coast to seek relief.