Miami International Airport has been closed after being severely damaged by Hurricane Irma - and officials have not confirmed when it will reopen. "I want to be there earlier and not spend Irma right here in Miami". By midday, more than 875 flights scheduled to arrive or depart from those three airports, which are near Florida's eastern shore, had been canceled.
The airport's normal schedule features 40 daily flights.
At least 10 airports in Florida had suspended flights or announced their intention to do so by Saturday evening.
Hundreds of Miami residents, many of whom chose to stay in the city during Irma, waited in line for hours Thursday to get bags of sand.
Later in the day, at about 2 p.m., a tree fell down across Alton Road in Miami Beach. Some took advantage of cots that had been set up in an auditorium to make their wait more comfortable.
"I'm just anxious about her being stuck and stranded for over a week", John Urquhard of Billerica said. "I won't go otherwise, '" he told Rakow.
While Floridians said they are used to hurricanes, they know this one would be no joke. "It was ridiculous. I was standing in line and in an hour, I moved maybe like two feet", said Carriazo.
"There wre lines that were going from like ... it was the whole length of this whole baggage claim". At this time, Jose is not expected to follow the same path as Irma. "Flights to Denver were all over $1,000", Cheng said.
JetBlue Airways said Wednesday afternoon that it had canceled about 130 flights. "It was simply because the people are simply anxious about their houses, which I would too".
"Following updated forecasts tracking Hurricane Irma and announcements from local airport authorities, we now have canceled 878 flights through Monday, September 11th", the company told NBC News in an emailed statement.
A security situation complicated matters further: "Security incident involving a single suspect & @MiamiDadePD has occurred at MIA".
Carmen Pardo and her six-year-old daughter, Valeria, drove around Miami for seven hours frantically searching for somewhere to fill their petrol tank.