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Flights resume at Fort Lauderdale's airport after

Rod Stafford Hagwood and Doug Phillips, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Weather News

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- South Florida was swamped by heavy rains overnight that flooded streets and highways, stranded cars and closed the airport in Fort Lauderdale.

About 4 a.m., Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport tweeted that the facility was closed because of severe rain and flash flooding.

Flights resumed about 2 1/2 hours later, but traffic heading to the airport was extremely heavy and there were ongoing disruptions with some airport services, such as shuttle buses, officials said.

Passengers were advised to check with their carriers before heading to the airport.

In an advisory about 8 a.m., the airport indicated there were 123 flight delays and at least six flights had been canceled.

In Terminal 2, Nikki Gavallas waited in a long line at the counter for Delta Airlines with her husband and two daughters 3, and 14 months.

 

"Our adventure this morning started really early. We were supposed to have a 7:30 flight to Atlanta that got delayed to 8:30 and we've been stuck in traffic trying to get to the airport, Gavallas said, while trying to take it all in stride.

"But it's OK, our kids are being great," she said.

More than 7 inches of rain fell at the airport during the last 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.

A flash flood warning that that had been in effect was downgraded at about 5:30 a.m. to a flood advisory for southern Broward and northern Miami-Dade counties and was extended until 7:45 a.m., the weather service said.

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