From the county's Emergency Operations Center:
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2017) -The distribution of sandbags at Hillsborough County sites has been temporarily suspended.
The County's distribution sites have run out of sand and bags because of high demand. The County had been distributing at an unprecedented rate of about
10,000 bags per hour.
The County will reopen the sites when additional materials have been delivered.
Irma is about 110 miles north of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It is moving west-northwest at 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds remain near 180 mph.
A map from the Florida Highway Patrol shows reports of crashes along Florida's major highways. Thousands of Floridians are evacuating their homes and tourists are fleeing in advance of Hurricane Irma's arrival. You can check the map here.
As Floridians evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma, they won’t have to worry about additional fees for flights out of the state. Several airlines are waiving flight change fees, according to releases and news reports.
For flights to and from Florida, “The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before (Sept. 30),” a Thursday United release said. United is also waiving any fare change for Florida and Caribbean flights.
According to a Fox News report, Delta, Southwest and American Airlines are waiving change fees. Others, like JetBlue, are offering flights as low as $99. JetBlue, which was among the first to act in response to Irma, is also waiving change fees and ticket increases. Frontier is waiving change fees for one itinerary change, and Spirit is waiving change fees and faire increases.
At Tampa International Airport, there are six cancellations today to South Florida destinations, mostly on Silver Airways flights.
Though airport officials expect more cancellations as the storm moves closer, mostly to other Florida airports and perhaps to Atlanta, South Carolina and North Carolina as we get closer to the weekend. They are monitoring the storm and working with the airlines.
— Malena Carollo and Justine Griffin, Times staff writers