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Early travelers dodge Thanksgiving storm; more delays expected

2:25 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A strong storm sweeping across parts of the U.S. is causing a bit of a mess for travelers trying to get home for Thanksgiving. Delays aren't hitting the First Coast yet, but this weather is going to make it more difficult to travel.

A Thanksgiving storm mixing sleet, rain, snow, and severe weather is moving through several states including Oklahoma, Texas, and New York.

Three hundred flights have already been cancelled at Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport. At Jacksonville International Airport, there have been a few cancellations out of Dallas and only a few delayed flights, which is good news for the Vazquez family waiting on their godson, who had a layover in North Carolina.

"I guess we're lucky, we're blessed," said Hector Vazquez of Statesboro, Georgia.

This is the first year Vazquez will have his mom from Puerto Rico here in the states for Thanksgiving, and getting his godson Carlos Daniel home is a top priority.

"Very emotional for me because I was in the military so I didn't get to spend a lot of Thanksgivings with them so every time I get them with me, they come from Puerto Rico, it's a blessing," said Vazquez. 

The Vazquez's are dodging the storm that First Coast News Meteorologist Mike Prangley said will begin to delay travel Tuesday from Mississippi to Maine. Wednesday travel delays will be from Florida up and down the east coast to Maine, and as far west as Tennessee and Ohio. Bobby Rose just got back from Puerto Rico with his wife and plans to travel again this week, but to the Carolinas.

"We plan on going to our sons in Winston-Salem, North Carolina by driving instead of flying," said Rose.

Rose is not in the clear though. According to AAA, 90 percent of Americans will travel by car this Thanksgiving; add a storm to that and you've got a long ride to think about that turkey.

Stay up to date on weather forecasts by our First Coast News Meteorologists this week. You can also track your flight before heading to JIA or track an incoming flight.

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