Fort Lauderdale, Miami airport ask residents not to store cars in garages during Irma

Garages at both airports at capacity

By Janine Stanwood - Anchor/Reporter, Paradise Afshar - Digital Editor

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - 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.

Garages at both airports are nearing capacity due to travelers, many of whom are trying to escape Hurricane Irma and for people who can get a ride to the airport to do so.

Travelers are asked to call airline before heading to the airport. 

The last flight out of Fort Lauderdale airport is set to be at 7:45 p.m. Friday.

After that point, the airport will be closed due to Hurricane Irma. And in order to get people out on time there are 16,000 employees at airport, meaning that it’s working at full capacity.

Airport officials have said that they don't want any airplanes on the ground when the storm hits and are working to secure jet bridges and other vehicles on the tarmac.

Miami International Airport terminals will remain open and is set to only close if severe damage or safety concerns from the hurricane result in stranded passengers and non-essential employees being evacuated to nearby shelters after the storm.


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