In South Florida, canceled flights leave Northeasteners stranded

Northeasterners taking cold weather respite in South Florida right before the storm scrambled when they faced flight cancellations and couldn’t get home.

At Miami International Airport, 30 to 40 flights had been canceled as of Friday night. At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 69 flights were canceled and 31 were delayed.

Despite the cancellations, Greg Chin, a spokesman for Miami International Airport, said it looked like a normal day.

“I think the word got out about the storm early enough for people to make other plans,” he said. “It wasn’t a surprise to anybody.”

Several South Florida hotels had lobbies bustling with travelers who needed to extend their stays.

The Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale was busier than usual, with guests staying longer to avoid the storms, while The Delano Hotel in Miami Beach was sold out and had to turn away guests needing a room for a few more days.

South Florida events continued as planned, with a few exceptions. A jazz show featuring band 3 Cohens in the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center had to cancel for Feb. 9 because of the storm.

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