WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta reports wind gusts reached 61 miles per hour Monday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Thousands of evacuees from Florida have swarmed into Atlanta for shelter as they fled Irma in recent days.
"If we got stuck at the airport, the hotel would have taken us back for one more day", said Diane Pascente. The airport also is a major transfer point for travel throughout the southeastern region of the United States, an area already reeling from the impact of travel disrupted by Irma's impact.
Nearby Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which also closed ahead of Irma, will also keep its doors shut Monday as it assesses damage and makes any necessary repairs.
Officials at Southwest Airlines also said they will cancel all flights to and from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach airports beginning Friday evening; Flights to and from Orlando will stop in the afternoon on Saturday.
In total Dayton International Airport had 11 flights coming in and out of Atlanta, Charlotte or parts of Florida canceled or delayed. Southwest Airlines: Service to/from Tampa International Airport is canceled through Tuesday.
"They were put in place to support the demand of travelers escaping the path of hurricane Irma", a Delta representative said.
Another posted a flight search showing fares of more than a thousand dollars from south Florida to NY.
Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne said it resume normal operations at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The airline plans to resume operations on Wednesday, September 13. "STAY SAFE!" Scavino wrote, adding a video of an airport covered in water, the CNN reported. Thomas Hogan rescues a dog from a flooded suburb of Orlando.
The airport was to close after the final non-canceled flight today.
"'Our cruise got cancelled on Tuesday and this was the first flight that my son, my husband and I could all get out on together", said Haley Duran.