While Florida’s major airports take the first steps towards normalcy, thousands of passengers are still stranded.
Miami Airport reopens after Hurricane Irma flights gate
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Following Hurricane Irma’s devastation throughout the state over the weekend, Florida is beginning to pick up the pieces: Some flights resumed from major airports in Miami and Orlando on Tuesday.

All arrivals and departures had been canceled the four days prior as the city dealt with major flooding and extensive power outages over the weekend and Monday, forcing many travelers and locals to remain in the state to ride out the storm. A 7 a.m. American Airlines flight from Seattle was the first to land at Miami International Airport, according to The Independent.

While the Miami airport website states that airlines are “gradually resuming their schedules” on September 12, hundreds of flights have been canceled. Thousands of passengers are stuck for what may be the fourth or fifth day.

Money reports that only about 30 percent of Miami’s usual 1,000 daily flights are scheduled to resume Tuesday.

Orlando International Airport, which is working to repair damage from flooding within buildings and debris and obstructions on airport roadway systems, is also resuming limited service Tuesday. Still, passengers are urged to confirm any possible arrivals and departures with their specific airlines. Cancelations remain widespread.

Additionally, some flights out of Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, and other small airports across the state of Florida resumed Monday and Tuesday, but none of the airports expect to be at full capacity until Wednesday — at the earliest.

As of Monday, Florida’s emergency management officials also reported that more than 6.5 million households were still without power, signaling a long road ahead for the state’s recovery.