Miami International Airport will remain closed through Monday (Sept. 11), further snarling air traffic as Florida bears the brunt of Hurricane Irma on Sunday. When evacuation orders in SC and Georgia are included, the number climbs to 6.8 million. We certainly are keeping the fine folks in Florida in our thoughts for what they've already had to go through and what lies ahead.
The No. 2 US airline by passenger traffic, whose business is heavily dependent on operations at the Atlanta airport, said it was planning to resume service to airports in Florida.
While evacuees in Florida encounter gasoline shortages as they flee Hurricane Irma, drivers in the rest of the country are still dealing with the effects of Tropical Storm Harvey, which has added more than 30 cents to the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded.
Delta has scheduled a second jumbo flight to Orlando for Saturday, with the storm expected to hit the mainland in Florida early Sunday.
Dow's tweet was retweeted more than 23,000 times. "We do not know what time or day we will open".
Florida air travel starts to shut down ahead of Irma
He agreed that some fares were high. "We've added additional flights out of Florida, but those flights are mostly sold out". Delta said Thursday it will cap fares in all cabins at $399 for flights to and from South Florida through September 13.
More are possible as crosswinds make it risky for smaller regional aircraft to fly, Delta Airlines said in a statement.
JetBlue has announced that it is offering its remaining seats for travelers looking to escape the hurricane's path at a reduced rate of $99 - $159, including government taxes.
In the low-lying Keys, where a storm surge of over 10 feet (3 metres) was recorded, appliances and furniture were seen floating away, and Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said the ocean waters were filled with navigation hazards, including sunken boats.
As Irma passed the Virgin Islands, the amphibious assault ship Wasp arrived there to assist in the response, U.S. Northern Command said.
No alternate transportation will be provided for any of the canceled trains, Amtrak said.
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Before reaching Florida , the hurricane had devastated 10 Caribbean countries and territories, killing about 23 people. Natural disasters often bring out the best in people; strangers help strangers to make the most of a bad situation.
More cancellations are expected in the coming days.
"If you're in an evacuation zone, you've got to get out; you can't wait", Gov. Rick Scott said in an interview on ABC News' "Good Morning America".
In response to how Miami International is preparing to this storm, an official told ABC News, "Prepare for the worst and hope for the best".
Meantime, residents who were leaving were keeping those staying behind in their thoughts.
With almost all of the remaining seats out of south Florida sold out, airlines' attention Friday was focused on launching their remaining flights before operations close. As she was heading to the airport she got a text from a neighbor offering to hurricane-proof her home.
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