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The Texas-based airline was quick to respond to Hurricane Harvey.

Jess McHugh
August 28, 2017

Southwest Airlines helped rescue some 500 passengers who had been stranded inside a Texas airport by Hurricane Harvey over the weekend.

The FAA closed all roads in and out of the Houston Hobby Airport Sunday, leaving several hundred people still inside. Flood waters on the runway prevented planes from taking off, but by 7 p.m. local time Southwest Airlines was able to fly out the stranded travelers in three separate Boeing 737s, CNN reported.

All of the planes landed safely at Love Field airport in Dallas. Hobby airport is expected to remain closed until at least Wednesday, according to the FAA. 

Hurricane Harvey had strengthened to a Category 4 storm by the time it made landfall Friday night, with winds up to 130 miles per hour. Heavy rain caused flooding across parts of south Texas, killing at least five people and forcing over 30,000 to evacuate their homes, according to The Guardian.

Those who want to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey can donate to the Red Cross, Catholic Charities, or the Salvation Army. Donations can be made online or by texting HARVEY to 90999 for the Red Cross, or CCUSADISASTER to 71777 or Catholic Charities.

Several airlines are also offering mileage rewards for donations

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