Even once the weather clears, airlines and airports will need to get crews back in place - a daunting task given that many workers have evacuated to other locations.
But Irma's reach is long and meteorologists are now predicting that even after a week of ravaging the Caribbean and Florida, the superstorm could continue to travel as far north as IL and Ohio. "My heart and prayers are with those people down there and I hope that they're staying safe". Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher added that some of the players' families have come up to the area and that the school is making sure they have somewhere to go. They had to take three flights just to get to Dallas. Lauderdale. Some had no set plan on where they would stay in CT or what the fate of their home would be once the storm is over.
Jet Blue capped the cost of their tickets out of south Florida at $99 this week, and by the end of the week, American matched them. The west coast of the state will experience tropical storm conditions on Sunday. As of now commissioners are still discussing evacuations of zone B and C for Saturday. It placed an evacuation order for "Level A" residents - those living in mobile homes and low-lying areas. Despite reports of airfares as high as $2,300 following the derailment that killed eight people and injured more than a hundred others, after examining more than 5,000 pages of documents, the department found no wrongdoing. JetBlue and American both said they are selling remaining direct flights this week for $99, while Delta is capping direct flights at $399. One-way private charters to NY started around $14,000.
The Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday series was set to be played in St. Petersburg, Florida. Most of Florida is covered by a hurricane warning that affect about 36 million people. But hotel availability was tough in both series, so the series heads to NY - where only the Rays will need lodging.
It's the impact from Hurricane Harvey that's motivating many to get out before Irma hits.
Airports have comprehensive plans for situations like a major hurricane. The airline extended cancellations in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic through Friday and scrubbed flights in Cuba and the Bahamas Friday and Saturday. The same goes for Busch Gardens in Tampa, which SeaWorld also owns.
Now many airports in the storm's potential path are closed or airlines there have suspended service, including Miami, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Melbourne, Key West, Orlando, Palm Beach and Sarasota.
Universal Orlando announced on its website that it will close at 7 p.m. Saturday and will remain closed through Monday.
Accusations of unfair pricing techniques have been investigated in the past, including after a deadly Amtrak derailment in 2015, but U.S. officials said a year ago they found no evidence of wrongdoing in that instance.
The storm also impacted games involving Florida teams outside the Top 25.