Hurricane Irma was a category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185mph.
We’re thinking of everyone in her path and hope this resource page helps you either get out or stay up to date on the latest news to make your travels smoother.
TOP IRMA STORIES (UPDATED: September 143, 10:01pm ET)
- Miami Herald: Still have no power? Miami hotels have special rates at $99 or less
- CBS: Hurricane Irma death toll at 69; Florida power outage at 6.8 million
- CNN: Florida faces days without power
- CBC: Over 25% of Florida Keys homes flattened by Irma, but some vow to rebuild
- CNBC: Florida Keys, airports partially re-open after Irma rips through state
- Travel Pulse: Post-Irma Guide to Caribbean Vacationing
- CNN: Satellite images show how Irma devastated parts of the Caribbean
- Florida sheriff’s office warns people not to shoot at Hurricane Irma
- CNN: Royal Caribbean using its Own Cruise Ship to Evacuate Employees
- NYT: Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Marvel at the Storms Bearing Their Names
- NYT: Hurricane Irma: The Damage So Far and What’s Next
- Mirror: World famous Princess Juliana St Maarten Airport where planes fly just above tourists’ heads devastated by Hurricane Irma
HOW TO HELP
-American Red Cross: To donate visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED-CROSS or text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
–Donate your Hilton Honors points for Hurricane Irma Support
GOOD TO KNOW
- What to Do: Weather Delays and Flight Cancellations
- Call 311 not 911 for downed trees and flooding. 911 should only be dialed for true emergencies.
- Flight Delay Information – Air Traffic Control System Command Center
- Flight Trackers
- Google’s Crisis Map
- Every Hotel Website and Phone #
- Every Car Rental Website and Phone #
- Every Cruise Line Website and Phone #
- CDC: Mold Cleanup and Remediation
- FEMA created an Irma rumor control page to help you verify what’s true and what’s not
- How a coin and a cup of water could keep you from getting sick
-LA Times: Your Cruise is Canceled because of Hurricane Irma. Now What Do you Do?
-The FAA does not close its control tower at MIA (Miami Airport) until sustained winds (not gusts) reach 55 miles per hour, at which point planes cannot take off or land. However, many airlines decide to not fly well before that point and sometimes on a case-by-case basis, so passengers should stay in close contact with their individual airline about their flight status and make arrangements before coming to the airport.
-Passenger and cargo flights at Miami International Airport continue to increase toward a full daily schedule. There were 158 arrivals and 100 departures on September 12, but a total of 526 flights were cancelled. There were also 147 cargo-only flights yesterday.
-The projected schedule for today includes 225 arrival flights and 208 departures, with a total of 402 flights cancelled – which is about 50 percent of MIA’s normal schedule.
-Full flight operations by all airlines are expected sometime this weekend.
-Since all airlines are not yet at a full schedule, passengers should contact their airline to confirm their flight’s status before coming to the airport.
-The MIA Rental Car Center is now open, and Metrorail and Metrobus service at MIA is operating at a limited schedule. Taxi and Transportation Network Company service have also resumed.
GOOD TO KNOW FOR NEXT STORM
-Buy travel insurance as soon as you purchase your trip because once a storm is formed you can’t buy it. I use Allianz Travel Insurance (Full disclosure: I work as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receive financial compensation).
-The MIA airport is not a designated shelter during a storm, and operational needs at MIA may require occupants to be evacuated to nearby shelters. Resources like food and water may also not be readily available in the airport during or after the storm. For the latest updates about airport operations, airport users should follow MIA on Twitter @iflymia.
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