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Hurricane Harvey could impact travel in Northwest

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Travelers packed airline check-in areas Friday, many trying to get home before Hurricane Harvey, now a Category 4, makes landfall, wreaking havoc on airlines.

Status boards for the most part read, "on time," with just a few delays as you head south.

“Either we will be delayed or we will get there or whatever will happen,” Leticia Ferrer, traveling to Dallas, Texas, said.

For the most part, travelers heading toward Hurricane Harvey say they aren't worried about getting there; they are ready to roll with the punches.

“My husband was checking the weather and was like. 'It looks OK.' So I said, OK!'” Ferrer said.

Ferrer, a Dallas native, says she's dealt with major storms before.

“[Once] I ended up getting dropped off in Oklahoma; instead of trying to fly into DFW (Dallas Fort Worth), I got a car and drove down. You just deal with it,” Ferrer said.

Van Hofeldt, 13, says he's concerned as he heads farther south and closer to the storm.

“I've heard it’s in the ocean and coming inland, and I do not want it to delay my flight or destroy anything,” he said.

Hofeldt's been in Portland visiting his grandma, but now he's headed back to Buda, Texas, which is right in the path of Harvey.

“It scares me when it comes near my house, because I don't want to get hurt, and I don't want my family to get hurt,” he said.

Flights aren’t the only travel concern; Harvey is headed right for a dozen oil refineries.

“The refineries will be shuddered for a matter of days, but then they resume operations fairly quickly,” Marie Dodds, with AAA Oregon, said.

As for our gas prices:

“It shouldn't impact us much, because we don't get much gas from the Gulf Coast,” Dodds said.

Dodds says we typically get our gas from other parts of the country, which is why our gas prices are typically higher.

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