Passengers are stranded in Miami after storm cancels flights

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Thousands of people are stranded in Miami after severe thunderstorms that hit Florida yesterday resulted in more than 100 flights being canceled.

Enraged passengers complained that they were trapped at Miami International Airport until 10 a.m. on Sunday while desperately trying to rebook flights from Florida.

Some say the massive cancellations mean they won’t be able to get another flight out of Miami until Wednesday or Thursday.

Others looking for alternative transportation instead said they queued for hours trying to rent a car, but found that they were all fully booked.

American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and United were among the airlines that canceled flights to and from Miami due to the severe thunderstorms in Central and South Florida.

Enraged passengers complained that they were trapped at Miami International Airport until 10 a.m. on Sunday as they desperately tried to rebook flights from Florida

Enraged passengers complained that they were trapped at Miami International Airport until 10 a.m. on Sunday as they desperately tried to rebook flights from Florida

Some passengers who had to stay at the airport for hours said the massive cancellations mean they won't be able to get another flight out of Miami until Wednesday or Thursday.

Some passengers who had to stay at the airport for hours said the massive cancellations mean they won't be able to get another flight out of Miami until Wednesday or Thursday.

Some passengers who had to stay at the airport for hours said the massive cancellations mean they won’t be able to get another flight out of Miami until Wednesday or Thursday.

A total of 142 flights in Miami were canceled on Sunday and 70 delayed.

The cancellations stretched into early Monday morning, with a dozen flights to Miami being canceled or severely delayed.

Scheduled flights had resumed – some delayed – from Monday afternoon.

Angry fliers took to social media on Sunday to share images and footage of the hundreds of people who had to queue for hours to rebook their canceled flights.

At one point, dozens of people lined up at a Hertz desk at the airport while trying to find alternative transportation.

“I’m stuck at the Miami airport and all flights are canceled statewide. All flights, buses, rental cars, etc. are booked until Wednesday to return to Atlanta. I waited in line for 3 hours to rebook in line with 2K + others, ‘one flyer tweeted.

Another tweeted: ‘@AmericanAir I’ve been at the Miami airport since 9:30 am. Canceled flight. Now 8:39 pm. I now have to pay to go to a hotel …

“Now my wife and I have to get off work because we have to drive more than 10 hours from Miami to North Carolina because flights cannot be guaranteed until Wednesday.”

Others who instead tried to find alternative transportation said they queued for hours trying to rent a car - only to find they were all fully booked

Others who instead tried to find alternative transportation said they queued for hours trying to rent a car - only to find they were all fully booked

Others who instead tried to find alternative transportation said they queued for hours trying to rent a car – only to find they were all fully booked

Angry fliers took to social media on Sunday to share images and footage of the hundreds of people who had to queue for hours to rebook their canceled flights

Angry fliers took to social media on Sunday to share images and footage of the hundreds of people who had to queue for hours to rebook their canceled flights

A total of 142 flights in Miami were canceled on Sunday and 70 delayed

A total of 142 flights in Miami were canceled on Sunday and 70 delayed

Angry fliers took to social media on Sunday to share images and footage of the hundreds of people who had to queue for hours to rebook their canceled flights

‘@JetBlue people queue at the machine at 1am. I’m trying to get food because JetBlue has stranded several flights at Miami Airport. 10+ hours of delays with no pilots or flight crew. Absolutely hopeless and most horrifying aviation experience ever, ” one passenger tweeted.

@AmericanAir is enlisting an SOS to assist at Miami International Airport. Flights diverted and canceled due to bad weather. Unacceptable customer service helping people understand where their bags are. Some travelers have a baggage claim for more than 10 hours. No communication from AA. ‘

Another said, ‘Delta has postponed our flight several times until they eventually canceled and no more flights until Wednesday’.

The chaos at the Miami airport covered a weekend of damaging weather all over Florida.

A 17-year-old girl died near Tampa on Sunday after her car hit a downed power line during the storm.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the girl got out of her car immediately after it caught fire, but she got on the power grid and was electrocuted.

The storm brought heavy rain, high winds, hail, and lightning to much of the state.

Some neighborhoods near Orlando reported golf ball-sized hail, while potential tornadoes caused damage in the Panhandle.

On Monday, there were still severe weather warnings all over Florida.

Separately, meteorologists said it was unlikely at this stage that ash from the volcanic eruption on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent would further affect Florida flights.

The current wind is blowing east and south, which would mean the massive ash cloud is unlikely to hit Florida.

“ At this point, it doesn’t look like we’re going to get any of it, ” Barry Baxter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami, told the Sun Sentinel

He did say that the wind direction can change.

The volcano, La Soufrière, erupted on Friday, sending ash ten kilometers into the air.

About 16,000 people were forced to evacuate.

Miami airport chaos topped a weekend of damaging weather across Florida, where multiple fires broke out due to downed power lines

Miami airport chaos topped a weekend of damaging weather across Florida, where multiple fires broke out due to downed power lines

Miami airport chaos topped a weekend of damaging weather across Florida, where multiple fires broke out due to downed power lines

Several buildings and houses were damaged as a result of the high winds of the storms

Several buildings and houses were damaged as a result of the high winds of the storms

Several buildings and houses were damaged as a result of the high winds of the storms

Miami firefighters responded to repeated calls from downed power lines as severe storm broke

Miami firefighters responded to repeated calls from downed power lines as severe storm broke

Miami firefighters responded to repeated calls from downed power lines as severe storm broke

ST VINCENT VOLCANO ERUPTION MAY NOT AFFECT FLORIDA

Meteorologists have said it is unlikely at this stage that ash from the volcanic eruption on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent will further affect flights in and out of Florida.

The current wind is blowing east and south, which would mean the massive ash cloud is unlikely to hit Florida.

“ At this point, it doesn’t look like we’re going to get any of it, ” Barry Baxter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami, told the Sun Sentinel

He did say that the wind direction can change.

The volcano, La Soufrière, erupted on Friday, sending ash ten kilometers into the air

The volcano, La Soufrière, erupted on Friday, sending ash ten kilometers into the air

The volcano, La Soufrière, erupted on Friday, sending ash ten kilometers into the air

The volcano, La Soufrière, erupted on Friday, sending ash ten kilometers into the air.

About 16,000 people were forced to evacuate.

About 3,200 people took refuge in 78 government-run shelters and four empty cruise ships were ready to take other evacuees to nearby islands, while a group of over 130 had already been taken to St. Lucia.

The eruption is the first major eruption since 1979.

Scientists warn that the explosions could last for days or even weeks, and the worst is yet to come.

Due to the axis several flights have been canceled and due to poor visibility evacuations are limited in some areas.