FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is back open and flights have resumed Monday after heavy rain and flash flooding hit Broward County overnight, but the severe weather is still impacting travelers.
At 4:10 p.m., there were 382 flight delays and eight cancellations, according to a tweet from the airport.
Travel Advisory #6: There are 382 flight delays and eight (8) cancellations at #FLL currently due to bad weather across parts of the U.S. Travelers should check their airline for the latest flight status and allow extra time to get to the airport. #holidaytravel #bepatient— Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport (FLL) (@FLLFlyer) December 23, 2019
Airport officials said there are still traffic delays around the airport after the area was drenched by as much as 7 inches of rain since midnight. Due to traffic backups, some travelers were getting out of the vehicles taking them to the airport and walking to terminals to catch their flights.
Some airport services like shuttle buses are still experiencing delays.
"When things like this happen, you do have a back up, and you have a line of planes ready to take off," said Arlene Satchell, the Asst. Public Information Officer at the airport. "It would have probably been the same had we not had the rain, just because of the amount of traffic we expect this holiday season."
Check with your airline if you are flying out of FLL on Monday.
Storm Team 5 Meteorologist Glenn Glazer said the rain is clearing out, and we can expect a mix of sun and clouds and high temperatures in the low to mid 70s on Monday afternoon.
Rain chances will continue to decrease as we head into Monday evening.