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Irene Keeps Planes on the Ground in SoFla

Travelers stuck at MIA, FLL Sunday as Irene slams northeast

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    South Florida was spared the brunt of Irene Sunday but the impact from the storm was still felt as dozens of flights in and out of the area were cancelled.

    South Florida was spared the brunt of Irene, but the impact from the storm was still being felt Monday as dozens of flights in and out of the area were cancelled.

    As of 4 p.m., there were 20 cancellations at Miami International Airport, according to Marc Henderson with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

    At Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International, 41 flights had been cancelled as of 8:30 a.m., officials said.

    Though Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm early Sunday, it touched off airport closures up and down the Eastern Seaboard, having an effect at South Florida airports.

    At MIA, there were 104 cancellations Sunday, airport officials said. Hundreds of customers were seen standing in long lines waiting to re-book their flights and were finding out they were either stuck or had to fins another way home.

    "We just came from Colombia and we had a connection to Boston, and we already saw yesterday that our connection to Boston was cancelled," said Haim Levkowitz. "They were talking about maybe Friday, maybe Saturday out of here. I just made a reservation to rent a minivan and we'll probably drive up."

    It was the same story at FLL Sunday, where 82 flights were cancelled.

    Airports in the northeast were expected to open Monday, but travelers were urged to call ahead for information of delays and cancellations.

    Despite the bad news Sunday, some travelers didn't mind being stuck in South Florida for a couple extra days.

    "We're gonna be in Miami it looks like two days now, we were supposed to fly out this afternoon at 2 o'clock. They're backed up and they can't get us out tonight, tomorrow, it looks like it's gonna be a Tuesday afternoon situation," said Mike Renshaw, from Philadelphia. "If you're gonna be stuck in a place, you can't beat Miami."

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