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Hurricane Irma Causes Travelers to Change Plans

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    As the potentially catastrophic Hurricane Irma churns towards south Florida, many residents there as well as vacationers have been headed out and arriving in Massachusetts.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017)

    Boston's Logan Airport is seeing an influx of travelers from Florida this week who are trying to escape Hurricane Irma.

    "We can't risk it," said Rafael Gutierrez as he waited for his bag at Logan on Wednesday. "It's a gamble."

    Gutierrez, who lives in Boston, was in Florida on vacation with his girlfriend. The couple only had one full day in the sun before heading back home. They cut their vacation short by five days.

    "Nature's greater than us and we've got to respect it," said Gutierrez.

    Travelers Escape Florida Ahead of Hurricane Irma

    [NECN] Travelers Escape Florida Ahead of Hurricane Irma

    Boston's Logan Airport is seeing an influx of travelers from Florida this week who are trying to escape Hurricane Irma.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017)

    In Florida, sandbags are being loaded into cars and windows are being boarded up around homes.

    "I think it's the best move to get away," said Rena Saiter, who lives in Miami. "A lot of people wish they could. The problem is you don't know what it's going to be going back."

    Throughout the day, flights from Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Miami were landing at Logan Airport.

    Carlie Nobles has plans to go back to Miami after a trip to Fenway Park with his grandson.

    "I'm flying out Saturday morning," said Nobles. My wife's there, you know, my whole family."

    The Mernicks from Swansea are thanking the Patriots for their Irma escape.

    Their scheduled flight to come back to Massachusetts for the season opener aligned perfectly with missing the storm.

    "This was the second time there was a hurricane and we got out just in time," said Gordon Mernick.

    It's not only about getting out on time, but being able to afford it. The price for a one-way ticket Wednesday from Miami to Boston costs more than $1,000.

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