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Airlines issue flight waivers as Tropical Storm Isaias slams the East Coast with tornadoes, heavy rain

David Oliver
USA TODAY

Airlines, including United, American, Southwest, JetBlue and Delta, have issued flight waivers in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias, which made landfall in North Carolina on Monday night.

A flight waiver gives travelers the option to rebook flights at no extra charge. There are typically terms and conditions, however, that prevent customers from buying flights outside of certain dates and from changing cabins unless they want to pay a fee. 

Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped heavy rain as it roared up the East Coast on Tuesday morning after making landfall as a hurricane Monday night near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

One of the tornadoes killed at least one person in Bertie County, North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed Tuesday morning. Other tornadoes were confirmed in Virginia and Maryland, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said.

What was once Hurricane Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm, though it still packed winds of 70 mph as of Tuesday morning.

Tornadoes are most likely through midday from southeast Virginia all the way to New Jersey, according to the 8 a.m. hurricane center forecast. Tornadoes will remain possible this afternoon and evening from southeast New York across New England.

As with any flight waiver, read the fine print to make sure you won't face additional costs upon rebooking.

The projected path of what's expected to become Tropical Storm Isaias.

United issues Tropical Storm Isaias flight waivers

United customers will have both their change fee and fare difference waived for flights departing on or before Aug. 8.Travel must be rescheduled to and from the same cities and in the originally ticketed cabin. The waiver applies to airports along he East Coast, including Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., among others. A full list can be found here.

Customers must have bought tickets by Aug. 2, with travel dates of Aug. 4 and 5.

Delta Tropical Storm Isaias flight waivers

Delta, too, issued flight waivers, and also instituted fare caps across certain destinations.

"As Hurricane Isaias is forecasted to continue moving along the east coast, Delta has issued a weather waiver for customers traveling twenty airports in the U.S.," according to a statement on its website. "In addition, Delta has extended its capped fares to include flights between 11 southeastern cities in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina."

Delta's waiver covers mid-Atlantic airports on Aug. 4 and 5 and airports in the coastal Georgia and Carolinas region on Aug.3 and 4. Find the list of airports here.

Southwest Tropical Storm Isaias flight waivers

Customers traveling on Southwest flight can look up waiver codes here, which cover several airports on Aug. 3, 4 and 5.

AmericanTropical Storm Isaias flight waivers

American Airlines customers traveling to some East Coast airports, which can be found here, will have their change fees waived pending they meet certain conditions. They must travel on an American Airlines flight, previously purchased their ticket by Aug. 3 and keep their same origin and destination city, among other caveats.

JetBlue Tropical Storm Isaias flight waivers

JetBlue's waiver covers travelers flying to and from these four cities on Aug. 4: New York (JFK); Newark, New Jersey (EWR); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL); and Washington, D.C. (DCA). People have through Aug. 7 to rebook their flights, which must have been booked by Aug.  3.

Contributing: Cara Richardson, Doyle Rice and Jordan Culver, USA TODAY; Rose Velazquez, Salisbury (Md.) Daily Times; The Associated Press

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