Isaac likely to affect air travel, gas prices

Indianapolis

Central Indiana will feel the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac with rain later in the week, but those who are traveling by car and by air could see the effects sooner.

Right now, it's business as usual at Indianapolis International Airport even as Isaac heads toward Louisiana.

"We see maybe that changing as the storm moves up into the gulf,” said Mike Medvescek, Senior Director of Operations.

The airport is monitoring the weather to the South and is in communications with the airlines.  Plans are in place to deal with the impact from Isaac.

"If we would have an issue here at the airport, we have diversion plan that would bring cots out and (we’d) work with our vendors to keep food and beverages available to passengers if someone was to get stranded here at the airport."

The airport also has plenty of space to park diverted airplanes from the south if necessary.

"Unfortunately, every weather event affects the airspace in the whole country, so when one area backs up, the whole country backs up,” said Medvescek.

If you are flying or driving to the South, AAA advises you plan ahead.

"They’ve got to really prepare and plan ahead knowing that flights are going to be delayed there’s going to be some road construction and delays down in that area just because of the additional traffic,” said Greg Seiter.

The biggest impact Central Indiana Hoosiers could see from Isaac is at the pump...

"Unfortunately, any time we have a large tropical storm or a hurricane headed towards the Gulf Coast… a lot of those offshore rigs and refineries do temporarily shut down, they cease operations,” said Seiter.

“It’s a precautionary measure even if (a storm) doesn't go to full hurricane status."

Prices are already on the rise around the country.

"I think we're already seeing a marketplace reflection of some of those temporary shutdowns down in the Gulf Coast area that's probably going to continue over the next few days," said Seiter.

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