In-bound flight activity will also cease as airlines take steps to fly planes out of the area.
Tampa has not been struck by a major hurricane since 1921, when its population was about 10,000, National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.
"We will be operating flights out of FLL until 7:30 p.m. tomorrow", Berry said via email Thursday.
Flights to the Florida area were limited Friday as people scramble to get there before the airports close ahead of the hurricane. "So it will be sometime prior to that". "We've added additional flights out of Florida, but those flights are mostly sold out".
Key West International Airport closed Wednesday night and said all commercial flights would be suspended until further notice.
This has led to widespread fears that the hurricane will bear down on Florida over the weekend. "They wanted to charge us another $200 per ticket and I had to really get nasty about it before they agreed to waive the charge".
Hurricane Irma - now a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour - is expected to hit South Florida by late Saturday or early Sunday.
The storm's exact path once it makes landfall is still unknown but flight cancellations due to Irma, now at more than 4,000, will likely swell if the storm hits the much larger Atlanta hub.
After looking into flights out of Miami and Ft.
"As the Hurricane's track has approached the state of Florida, it's become obvious that playing a football game is not the right thing to do", Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said. "Customers with itineraries involving Atlanta Monday afternoon through Tuesday are encouraged to use delta.com to change their travel plans".
While parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast are recovering from Hurricane Harvey, Irma's move through the Caribbean is causing gasoline shortages, data tracking show. But I'm glad that when people hit by hurricanes were asked to make sacrifices for neighbors and strangers, most Americans didn't respond with, "Sorry, the algorithms won't let me".
There was only one option left: A Wednesday Delta Air Lines flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY with one stop.
There were no immediate confirmed reports of any deaths in Florida, on top of the 24 people killed during Irma's destructive trek across the Caribbean.
The hurricane was headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands on Thursday. Such a watch means that hurricane conditions are possible, in about 48 hours. "For those of us who do not drive and are below poverty income, we are screwed".
Many travelers were heading to Florida to help their elderly family members get out before Irma.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long was even more blunt when asked about people who didn't heed evacuation orders in the Keys.
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