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Hurricane Matthew could affect local travelers

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –  As Hoosiers prepare for fall break, Hurricane Matthew may affect some travel plans.

Cancellations are already showing-up on the board at the Indianapolis International Airport and several U.S. flight carriers are now offering travel waivers and partial refunds.

American, Southwest, Spirit and United are offering a chance to change your trip for no fee depending on which locations are affected. Delta is allowing travelers to cancel their trip or get a refund if you experience a flight delay of more than 90 minutes. If you’re flying, you’ll want to check with your specific airline.

After that, officials say it’s just going to be a ripple effect for cruise lines, vacation packages and hotels.

Some theme parks are already taking precautions. Disney is moving people from the Fort Wilderness campground to resort rooms. Both Disney and Universal are open for now, but theme park officials say they’re keeping an eye on things. Officials at Seaworld and Legoland have already decided to close on Friday.

“Hopefully you have some sort of travel insurance,” said assistant manager Bethanne Harrison-Brown from the travel authority.

“Not all travel insurance is the same but there are a lot that do cover for named storms and hurricanes,” Harrison-Brown said.

She says those without insurance are at the mercy of each individual hotel or airline policy.

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