Hurricane Irma draws closer, last flight out of Fort Lauderdale International is Friday
Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Due to Hurricane Irma, the last flight out of Fort Lauderdale International Airport will be Friday evening. The busy airport will remain closed through the weekend.
Sharief said garages at the airport are nearly full and travelers are not guaranteed a parking space. She warned that the airport and Port Everglades are not shelters, and their parking garages are not suitable for storing cars in the storm.
Many flights were already canceled or delayed Thursday.
Callers to the county’s 311 hurricane hotline is experiencing waits of up to 15 minutes.
More than 6,400 storm-related calls had been answered by 311 operators as of noon Thursday.
Officials asked that people with hurricane questions use that number and not tie up 911.
“911 lines are strictly for emergencies, as always,” officials said.
Once winds reach 45 mph, officers will not be able to respond to 911 calls.