Kansans concerned about Hurricane Florence's impact

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) As Hurricane Florence reaches the eastern seaboard, travel in and out of several states will be difficult.

(Hurricane Florence: Shot from the Frying Pan Tower camera, located 34 miles off the coast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. ~ explore.org)

For Thursday and Friday, more than 1,300 flights have been canceled or grounded.

An airport spokesperson told us they don't anticipate being impacted by Hurricane Florence. However, other airports like Atlanta could be impacted, and it has the largest airport in the United States.

We spoke to some passengers who are worried about traveling through Atlanta.

"It was super stressful, I almost canceled coming a few times, there was a lot of back and forth with me and my friends about whether I was going to come because I have two little girls and a husband at home,” said Carisa Dodson.

Dodson is reuniting from her friends in Hutchinson, she now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"I've been through tornadoes from being here, but never through a hurricane,” said Dodson.

Her friend, Sarah Bernardini, is also from Hutchinson but lives in Cincinnati now.

“We're supposed to fly back on Sunday, and both of us have connecting flights in Atlanta, and we're going to see how that goes. We might end up renting a car. I don't know, I might end up renting a car because I have to be back by a certain time,” said Bernardini.

Meanwhile, Kansas storm chaser Brandon Ivey is in North Carolina.

"Even though the winds have gone done in the hurricane the actual area and square mileage that will experience hurricane force winds will be greater now, so there will be more widespread damage, power outages,” said Ivey.

Ivey is watching the first rain bands arrive north of Wilmington.

"Winds are starting to pick up with some of these rain squalls and you can definitely see the ocean is pretty angry out there,” said Ivey.

As Ivey prepares to capture the hurricane, Dodson is going to enjoy her visit, before returning.

"We're going to hang out in Wichita today, then we're headed up to Hutchinson tonight or tomorrow and then we're going to the state fair,” said Dodson.

The women plan to return home on Sunday They say they will rent a car or have a backup plan in case their flight gets canceled in Atlanta on Sunday.