Airlines Mark Down Tickets in Irma-Affected Areas Following Complaints

Posted September 10, 2017

A week from now, flights on American Airline from Tampa to Phoenix ranged from $200 to $500. The hurricane is increasingly likely to make landfall in southern Florida as a unsafe hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center's September 7 evening update.

As southern Florida prepares to take a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, officials have warned people in downtown Miami to take special care because of the 20 to 25 tower construction cranes that loom over the area, hundreds of feet tall.

American Airlines, which has a major hub at Miami International, stopped all flights in and out of the airport at 1 p.m.

If they weren't driving, they were trying to fly out of town - on Thursday, Florida airports were packed with people trying to get out of danger.

First Coast News will update this story with all information regarding canceled flights at Jacksonville International Airport throughout Hurricane Irma. One customer reported prices as high as $3,000 per person for domestic flights.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport officials have a message to South Floridians - unless you're traveling, don't use the garages. American said it will stop operations in Orlando on Saturday afternoon.

It was unclear when operations might resume at Florida's affected airports The restart will depend exactly on just how much damage Irma brings to the region.

And personnel shortages at the airport - plus the thousands of bags now left without owners - have made it almost impossible for the airline to reunite passengers with their luggage until after Irma has passed, the airline says. A total of 46 arriving flights have been canceled as of 2:30 p.m. Friday. Also, South Florida and UConn called off their game in CT because of travel concerns. At Miami International Airport, police shot a man who entered a restricted area and then managed to get on the tarmac Thursday night.

Hurricane José has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mile per hour winds.

As she filled her Kia Soul at a Speedway station in Florida City, Audrey Kokenzie of Key West told The Reporter that this storm is the first since Hurricane Georges in 1998 that anxious her enough to leave.

Mr. Long is concerned before all of this that people follow evacuation orders that were given by the authorities in Florida. She goes to school near Fort Lauderdale.

(CNN) - All eyes are on Hurricane Irma as it rampages through the Caribbean, but it's not alone. The Caribbean accounts for more than a third of cruise lines' total ocean-going capacity, according to Bloomberg.