Irma forces spread of canceled Monday flights

Irma forces spread of canceled Monday flights

Mandatory, like the one issued for Level A in Pinellas, means there's a probability that the storm surge will be high and loss of life could occur if residents don't evacuate. Even once the weather clears, airlines and airports will need to get crews back in place - a daunting task given that many workers have evacuated to other locations. He said immigrants from as far as Immokalee had been asking anxious questions about where to go if Irma hits, and how they might be treated by government authorities.

If it is unsafe or not possible to do so, they will be centrally located in the airport. He got a ticket to Detroit for $700, he said, "because nobody wants to go there".

Nick Jones was fortunate, he got a flight.

"It has become more likely that Irma will make landfall in southern Florida as a risky major hurricane", the Hurricane Center said in a forecast discussion Thursday afternoon.

Another ship now in Tampa is unloading more than 300,000 barrels of fuel to resupply gas stations in the evacuation zones.

Pasco County Government is recommending voluntary evacuation for residents who live in some areas west of US 19, special needs residents, anyone who lives in a manufactured home, mobile home, or RV, and anyone who lives in a low-lying area or an area prone to flooding. Authorities opened hundreds of shelters for people who did not leave.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung was on vacation in Orlando last week, returning on Saturday.

Evacuation zones are not the same as FEMA flood zone designations. "Everybody who needs shelter in Miami-Dade County is welcome, and you should do so without any fear of any repercussions".

JetBlue Airways Corp. will park planes primarily in NY and Boston, said Doug McGraw, a spokesman.

The Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday series was set to be played in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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But flights out of the area remained extremely limited. But hotel availability was tough in both series, so the series heads to NY - where only the Rays will need lodging.

Recalling the recent devastation in Houston, Texas, by Tropical Storm Harvey, some Florida residents told WLBZ2 they were taking no chances by waiting to see what will happen.

Medina said the family's plan is simple: hunker down, wait for the hurricane to hit and hope for the best. But Irma has shifted, and forecasts now show it moving up the west coast Sunday and Monday, hitting Naples and Fort Meyers before reaching Tampa.

American Airlines, the largest United States carrier by passenger traffic, said on Wednesday it would begin winding down operations in south Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, on Friday.

Delta: Its last operation will be the 2:44 p.m. Saturday flight to Cincinnati.

Airlines are still planning for airport closures, however, and said they expect their operations to be impacted in the region at least through the weekend.

The storm also impacted games involving Florida teams outside the Top 25.

"Our area is not in an evacuation area, but our house is kind of low".

On Friday morning, TIA was bustling with travelers, many trying to leave the state altogether.

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