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A weakening Hurricane Nate made landfall on the U.S. Gulf coast overnight, leading to just a handful of canceled flights.

In Florida, Pensacola Airport Authority closed the airport at 7 p.m. Saturday but reopened Sunday, ahead of schedule. The Mobile, Ala., airport closed about 4 p.m. Saturday and reopened Sunday.

Delta planned to operate inbound flights to Pensacola but due to TSA staff limitations, outbound flights were not able to carry customers.

Delta has extended a severe weather waiver to include 12 cities along the Gulf Coast and inland in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The waiver allows customers to make one-time changes to their itinerary without incurring a fee. Customers are encouraged to check real-time flight status on delta.com or via the Fly Delta Mobile App.

 

5 p.m. Saturday update:

​As Hurricane Nate continues to track north through the Gulf of Mexico as a relatively fast-moving Category 1 storm, Delta has canceled four flights Saturday to two cities in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. The storm is expected to gain strength and make landfall near Gulfport, Miss., as a Category 2 storm overnight Saturday with wind speeds of 60 knots or higher.

Another six flights have been canceled Sunday. 

In Florida, Pensacola Airport Authority will close the airport at 7 p.m. Saturday and reopen Monday after an assessment of facilities and local infrastructure. The Mobile, Ala., airport will close at 4 p.m. Saturday and is expected to reopen about noon Sunday.

Delta has extended a severe weather waiver to include 12 cities along the Gulf Coast and inland in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The waiver allows customers to make one-time changes to their itinerary without incurring a fee. Customers are encouraged to check real-time flight status on delta.com or via the Fly Delta Mobile App.

The airline's meteorology and operational teams continue to evaluate forecasted winds for Delta's Atlanta hub Sunday. Winds are expected to be strong at times and may exceed operational limits.  

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