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Florida Airports Stall As Too Many Flights All Try To Leave

Florida Airports Stall As Too Many Flights All Try To Leaveā€

Throughout the day, flights from Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Miami were landing at Logan Airport.

A Florida family taking shelter from Hurricane Irma volunteered in Colerain Saturday.

Key West International Airport was to suspend commercial operations at the end of the day Thursday, and officials at Miami International advised travelers it will halt operations when winds reach 55 miles per hour.

Both trains are canceled September 8, 9 and 10.

The National Hurricane Center said major hurricane winds were expected over the Florida Keys by daybreak.

"THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS", the National Weather Service said in a tweet.

There was massive damage on two French West Indies islands where eight people were killed, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said at a press conference in Paris Thursday.

Armed with the new forecast, Pinellas County, home to St. Petersburg, ordered 260,000 more people to leave.

With Hurricane Irma approaching Florida, airlines are starting to cancel flights into and out of several of the state's airports, including Sarasota Bradenton International.

Irma comes less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey smashed ashore in Texas, knocking offline nearly a quarter of USA oil refining capacity and causing widespread power outages and flooding.

She was greeted at the airport by her daughter, who wore a big smile on her face.

The deputy director of Miami's building department, Maurice Pons, said in the city's statement that he "would not advise staying in a building next to a construction crane during a major hurricane like Irma".

Delta Air Lines and JetBlue announced fare caps on flights out of Florida - $99 on JetBlue and $399 on Delta - for residents trying to get out of the storm's path.

Lisa Pompei said there was no way the couple were going to stay in Cape Coral, where they own a three-bedroom, two-bath, wood-frame house. "Don't make a dumb decision". That will likely would be Monday afternoon, at the earliest.

The governor said people fleeing could drive slowly in the shoulder lane on highways.

Right now the insurance program is borrowing from the U.S. Treasury to cover its costs, which means that ultimately, taxpayers could be on the hook. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that he is "watching hurricane closely" and his team is already in the state.

"I don't want nothing", he said, insulting a social worker. "This storm is powerful and deadly". "This is a life-or-death situation at this point", said Mayor Barbara Sharief.

"So you are cool with dying in the streets?" he asked. Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport and Orlando International Airport. Under the law, they can be held up to 72 hours before the state would have to go to court to prolong their detention. Current models show Irma veering away from gas and oil platforms off the coast of Texas and Louisiana, sparing Houston more devastation.

Scott pleaded with people in evacuation zones to leave immediately. Long before the storm arrives, airport personnel, food, water and other resources are prepositioned to last for days.

"This is as real as it gets, nowhere in the Florida Keys will be safe. you still have time to evacuate", the agency said Friday on Twitter. "You have to save your life".

As of 11 p.m. ET Saturday, Hurricane Irma had maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. This is a strong Category 3 hurricane.

Irma, a powerful Category 5 hurricane, is expected to be the most powerful storm to hit the Atlantic coast of the United States in more than 10 years.

By then, Irma's howling winds and terrifying storm surge should be somewhere north of the city. "Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months", the hurricane center said.



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