By Stacey Leasca
September 13, 2018

As Hurricane Florence barrels its way to toward the East Coast, airlines are giving travelers the option to postpone their trips to parts of the U.S. and the Carribean in an effort to keep people safe.

If you've got a trip coming up to the Caribbean, be sure to check the forecast and the status of your flights with your airline.

“The American Integrated Operations Center (IOC) in Fort Worth, Texas, continues to closely monitor the track of these storms, and is closely coordinating with the National Weather Service, Federal Aviation Administration and local airports,” American Airlines announced in a statement.

American is offering refunds for any canceled or excessively delayed flights, added reduced fares for last-minute flights out of impacted areas, and is allowing passengers to change their routes. The airline has canceled about 565 flights from Wednesday to Sunday so far.

British Airways will allow all customers who are currently booked to travel to Antigua, the Dominican Republic, Providenciales, St. Kitts, St. Lucia or the Port of Spain the option to postpone their trips through Monday, September 17, TravelMole reported. The airline is also allowing passengers with travel plans to Washington or Baltimore to change their itineraries as well. Those travelers can change their travel dates through Wednesday, September 19.

Delta is allowing passengers the option to re-book through September 20.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association predicted this hurricane season (which runs through November 30) will be average or above-average, with 10 to 16 named storms. As of now, Hurricane Florance, Tropical Storm Issac, Hurricane Helene, and Tropical Storm Olivia have been identified. For more information, here’s what to know about traveling during hurricane season.