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Travelers struggle to get back to Florida after Irma

Travelers struggle to get back to Florida after Irma
Travelers struggle to get back to Florida after Irma
Posted at 10:07 PM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 00:17:43-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA/CNN) - Planes are flying from Reagan National, but only a few to points south.

Monica Hixson, and her daughter Erin, flew up from Orlando to D.C. last Thursday to avoid Irma, and now they're stuck.

 “We don't know what time we're getting back. We had a flight to Atlanta but our connection flight to Orlando got cancelled,” Erin Hixson said.

They aren't alone, Irma has forced 10,000 flight cancellations nationwide.

In Atlanta, there were 800 Delta flights cancelled. JetBlue cancelled 900 flights.

At a Dale City rest stop, members of an Atlanta-based car-racing team hoped to fly home. Instead, they all ended up driving.

There's retired Army veteran William Adams, badly injured in the leg and back, who fled Florida Thursday, with his service dog Trina, and stayed with family in Maryland.

“A lot of houses are leveled, lots of flooding, typical hurricane,” Adams said.

Now he's going back to his home, in Cape Coral, near Fort Myers,

“It was hard to keep the tears back because all my friends where there, and the destruction,” Adams said. “As long as there's something to go back to, a foundation is all you need to start over.”

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