Tampa International Airport to stop all flights today

Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a Category 4 storm, but that is no reason for hoteliers or citizens in its path to relax.

In order to qualify, your trip must involve travel in the Caribbean, Florida and some destinations along the Georgia and SC coast.

As Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida, people concerned about loved ones, including elderly parents, and Floridians wanting to get out of the storm’s way have scrambled to book flights and change itineraries to leave sooner. That means nearly everyone from the state’s center on down will feel its force.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect across the state, from the Keys and coastal areas of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, up through Tampa Bay.

Air Canada: Saturday’s flight is cancelled.

Almost 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to evacuate, including 6.4 million in Florida alone. “I had been in Hurricane Sandy and a couple others and when they tell you to get out, you get out”. “And you put your life in your own hands by not evacuating”. “You’ve got to get out. Once the storm’s here, we can’t evacuate anybody”. But in light of the impending Category 5 Hurricane Irma, JetBlue is doing something pretty wonderful. The storm’s violent gusts destroyed the instrument used to measure wind strength, Cuba’s meteorological agency reported.

TechCrunch reports As Irma nears, Florida Governor tells residents to use Gas Buddy, Expedia, Google Maps. Spirit has closed its Miramar, Fla., headquarters, shifted its operations center to Detroit, and will stop flying from Fort Lauderdale, its biggest airport, late Friday, said Paul Berry, a spokesman.

President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for Florida, opening the way for federal aid.

The massive Category 4 storm has already ravaged other areas of the Caribbean, including St. Martin, Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands.

Forecasters predicted a storm surge of 6 to 12 feet above ground level along Florida’s southwest coast and in the Keys.

What’s with all these hurricane forecast models?

Gimenez said on Wednesday that there was still time to determine if a mass exodus was necessary or whether the storm loses some of its power or even veers away at the last moment. Central Florida also announced its scheduled Friday night home game with Memphis had been called off. “It’s been one of the most challenging weeks faced in years”.

Miami began feeling some of Irma’s winds Saturday, with high-rise construction cranes sent spinning in circles.

Videos of the storm’s destruction appeared across the internet on Wednesday, showing how much the storm damaged St. Martin with its 185 miles per hour winds.

Officials in other states also were preparing Saturday for Irma.

It is unclear whether discounted fares will be offered out of Savannah Hilton Head International Airport or Hilton Head Island Airport should an evacuation order be issued in Georgia or SC, but The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette will check in with the airlines at that time.

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