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Storm cancels flights out of Lindbergh Field

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - As historic Hurricane Patricia barrels down the coast of Mexico, San Diego has started to feel the impacts of the strongest storm ever recorded.

[RELATED STORY: Hurricane Patricia makes landfall in Mexico]

The only non-stop from San Diego to the current heart of hurricane has been cancelled.

“We were going to leave for Puerto Vallarta today for a bachelor party and that couldn't happen,” said Gavin Sermona.

Sermona was booked on Alaska airlines flight 276 with his friend Ron Ilano.

“We were all excited and couple hours it was like morale went down because of the hurricane and all that,” added Ilano.

A dozen guys, suddenly scrambling, determined not to let Mother Nature blow away their big weekend.

“We were told that the hurricane shifted and when it shifted that's when we were emailing each other and messaging constantly until the groom decided we're going to Hawaii,” continued Ilano.

[RELATED INFORMATION: Lindbergh Field: Flight Tracker]

A good decision given that Hurricane Patricia is shaping up to be one of the most powerful storms, ever, hitting Mexico’s central coast with winds up to 200 miles per hour and drenching rain.  Which has some travelers wondering where is the hurricane heading next? Folks flying from Lindbergh Field to Cabo are hoping for the best.

“Two hundred mile per hour winds, ya, but we're not focusing on that.  We'll get some rain in Cabo later in the week. We're hoping we'll have to stay there longer. Who knows?” said Randy and Sara Slusher.

“Well the water is probably going to be choppy and not very nice the first couple days, but other than that I think we'll be fine,” Chantal Yakou told CBS News 8.

As of this report, Puerto Vallarta's airport is closed and CBS News 8 has been told it will remain that way until further notice. But so far, the wild weather in Mexico has not had a domino effect on other flights out of Lindbergh Field.

Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines Flight 245 from Puerto Vallarta to San Diego has been canceled due to the storm. Rebecca Bloomfield with Lindbergh Field said the flight has not yet been rescheduled. Bloomfield also said the airport has not yet received word on whether or not the San Diego International Airport will receive any emergency flights of American tourists who are caught-up in the storm.

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