Tallahassee Airport Shutting Down Sunday Evening Ahead of Hurricane Irma

Atlanta mayor on approaching Irma “Don’t be fooled...that this storm cannot hurt you.”

Tallahassee Airport Shutting Down Sunday Evening Ahead of Hurricane Irma

American's last departure Friday from Miami International Airport will be at 3:49 p.m. for Dallas-Fort Worth. Passengers should only come to MIA if they have a confirmed ticket.

Hurricane Irma wind speed projections on September 7.

American Airlines, the largest USA 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. But as they scour the web for cheap flights, they've increasingly come upon a disappointing reality: most airlines have been charging well over $1,000 for round-trip flights to other US destinations. The airport remained opened, though only a handful of flights were still operating. Florida has issued mandatory evacuations in Miami and other cities along the coastline.

Using an incognito Google search window, International Business Times attempted to determine how much it would cost to leave Miami, Florida and surrounding airports on a one-way flight to NY in the coming days.

Flights at Key West's airport ended Thursday, a day later than the airport originally said.

There have already been 1,039 flights canceled on Saturday.

A security situation complicated matters further: "Security incident involving a single suspect & @MiamiDadePD has occurred at MIA".

Airports in Florida have all closed except for Miami International Airport.

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UPDATE 4:45 p.m. Thursday: Orlando Sanford International airport will suspend commercial flights after 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Miami-Dade police said a power line was also damaged in the area of Southwest 137th Avenue and 30th Street.

The airport was extremely busy on the 7th. "#HurricaneIrma", the airport noted.

Demand for flights is sky high will many visitors to Florida trying to evacuate ahead of the approaching hurricane.

While an airport is generally a safe place to take shelter, officials ask that people do not come to the airport for that goal. People told me there were a few $99 seats on JetBlue from Fort Lauderdale to Philadelphia, but then they were gone.

Almost 7,000 flights to or from Florida have now been canceled because of Irma, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.

The gas shortages were exacerbated by "panic-buying" earlier this week from Florida residents anxious about Hurricane Irma's uncertain path.

The Hochman family is among those evacuating from Fort Lauderdale. "Customers with itineraries involving Atlanta Monday afternoon through Tuesday are encouraged to use delta.com to change their travel plans".

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