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Floridians fly to Western New York to escape Irma

Posted at 6:01 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 18:32:34-04

Some Floridians are traveling to safer places to avoid Hurricane Irma, including right here in Buffalo. 

Families hugged each other and held back their tears as they reunited with their family members from Florida.

Some travelers say it took an entire day of traveling to get out of the state. 

Some airlines capped off prices and waived fees to continue to move tens of thousands out of harms way. 

“I don’t know if I want to hug her or hit her because she procrastinated getting on a plane to come home,” one mother who was picking up her daughter from the Buffalo airport after flying in from Florida, said. 

Those passengers that landed at Buffalo Niagara International Airport are relieved to be out of harms way. 

“We boarded up our house completely and put everything away and we’re hoping that it’s still there when we get home, Thomas Weber, from Daytona Beach, said. 

Many of the flights out of Fort Lauderdale were delayed coming into Buffalo on Friday. 

According to a Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Travel Advisory, the airport’s last flight departed on Friday at 7:45 p.m. and will be closed Saturday and Sunday. 

According to its’ website, Miami International Airport is asking passengers to confirm the flight is still operating before going to the airport.