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MIA to close Monday after suffering ‘significant water damage’ from Irma

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Miami International Airport will close Monday after sustaining “significant water damage” Sunday from Hurricane Irma.

The airport’s director, Emilio González, noted MIA had endured wind gusts of nearly 100 mph during the storm. Among the preliminary damage identified were leaks in every one of the airport’s terminals, as well as some suspected water seepage through glass panes, he told the Miami Herald on Monday morning.

MIA has been closed for flights, but the terminal remained open for more than 600 hotel guests and 40 stranded passengers who did not have hotel rooms. Some concessions stayed open as well.

“Some airlines will fly personnel and crew members tomorrow in preparation for flights to resume,” the airport said.

Hundred of flights were canceled Saturday and Sunday ahead of the storm. Operations are expected to resume Tuesday, with limited schedules.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which closed ahead of Irma, will also keep its doors shut Monday as it assesses damage and makes any necessary repairs.

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