Passengers head to cities in Irene's path

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - While many along the east coast have decided to evacuate their homes before the storm hits, others are heading towards places like Boston and Charlotte, North Carolina, which may be in Irene's path. Despite the warnings, there are still flights headed to those areas.

As passengers prepared to board their flights at the Biloxi-Gulfport International Airport some travelers stood in disbelief that anyone would be heading to Charlotte right now. That's because the intense weather resulting from Hurricane Irene has many evacuating the city, rather than flying in.

Still, a Boston native tells me that to him, the fact that people are deciding to head home despite the storm, seems perfectly normal.

"We don't take this as seriously as you all do because we haven't really seen the devastation that you all have seen. So I wouldn't be surprised if there were people on Cape Cod who are still staying there," Don Fitzgibbons said.

Some are predicting that Irene will be a historic Hurricane, but that's not stopping a few homebound travelers.

"I'm supposed to go back tomorrow morning on a flight to Atlanta, then Atlanta up to Boston, and I'm hoping it'll go."

Marvin Adamik is heading to Texas. He said he's ridden out storms before and can identify with others who are choosing to ride out the harsh weather.

"Charlotte? I would say they should go home. That's home. I was in South Carolina when that land storm came through there," said Adamik.

Fitzgibbons said though he's a skeptic, he is prepared for what may come.

"We had a tornado where I live. First one probably in 30 years and we didn't take that one seriously either. I will actually go into my basement if another tornado comes."

The Gulfport- Biloxi International Airport had two flights headed to Charlotte Friday and officials say flights will continue as long as the weather allows.

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