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12 Setiembre 2017, 08:03 | Gerardo Tarin
Lines form around the entire building at a Costco in Florida as residents braces for Hurricane Irma
HurricaneIrma has been downgraded to a tropical storm but not before battering Florida and flooding cities right across the state. A Cowen & Co. report on Monday estimated oil prices have increased about 4% since Harvey "and could continue to remain elevated following Hurricane Irma's direct hit with SouthFlorida", it said. But Hurricane Irma has drastically changed that. Is it open or closed?
Florida ports that handle cargo and cruise ships, such as Miami, Port Everglades and Freeport, were closed to vessels on Friday. Many others were less lucky. The airline has instituted a waiver on fees for travelers altering or canceling flights to affected destinations. Delta to resume inbound service Monday evening.
The day will give the airport time to get personnel as numerous facility's 4000 workers were affected by the storm. This is the world's busiest airport and they are bracing for some major, major problems as Irma makes its way into Georgia and right here into Atlanta.
However, Delta doesn't have any available flights from Miami, but they're trying to add more for the evacuees. She said it's likely that the first ticket was economy on both legs but that the higher price included a flight in pricier business class after economy sold out.
On Monday morning, airport director Emilio González told the Miami Herald that among the preliminary damage identified at the airport were leaks in every terminal, as well as suspected water seepage through glass panes.
The company said it planned to cancel 1,000 flights Monday, many of which were to Florida and Caribbean airports that haven't yet reopened. American Airlines, United and JetBlue are also issuing statements about Florida and Georgia flights. Charlotte Douglas International Airport ranked No. 6 in cancellations.
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. NOAA forecasts the storm will make landfall as early as Sunday.
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Alonso said the flight was delayed as crews worked to fill the plane with stranded passengers no matter their final destination. At least 10 airports in Florida had suspended flights or announced their intention to do so by Saturday evening.
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