Travelers scramble as Irma sets sights on Florida

Posted: Updated:
RONKONKOMA -

Fleeing Floridians and Long Islanders scrambling to get home have been flying into Islip's MacArthur Airport Friday to escape Hurricane Irma's path. But other travelers were set on getting back to Florida before the storm.

Karen De'Angelis, of Yaphank, was happy to be home. De'Angelis was in Miami when everyone in the city was ordered out.

"It's frightening. It's really frightening," she said.

TRACKING IRMA: Tropical Tracker | Photos | Weather Center

Others at MacArthur were trying to head south.

Kurt and Judy Lindeman were flying back to Florida to make sure their house, pets and elderly family members were safe. Joe Sande and his wife cut short their vacation with his brother, who lives in East Marion. They decided to travel to Georgia and ride out the storm with their children who live there instead of heading back to Lakeland, Florida.

  • SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Sights and scenes at the 2019 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach

    Sights and scenes at the 2019 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach

    Saturday, May 25 2019 6:20 PM EDT2019-05-25 22:20:57 GMT
    Photos from the 2019 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park.
    Photos from the 2019 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park.
  • Live-action 'Aladdin' film flies into theaters

    Live-action 'Aladdin' film flies into theaters

    The live-action Aladdin film flew into theaters Friday.
    The live-action Aladdin film flew into theaters Friday.
  • Dog Day Fridays for May 24

    Dog Day Fridays for May 24

    Friday, May 24 2019 10:42 AM EDT2019-05-24 14:42:57 GMT
    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption. The shelter is located at 646 Medford Ave. in Patchogue. Their phone number is (631) 627-3665.This week's dogs are up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption. The shelter is located at 646 Medford Ave. in Patchogue. Their phone number is (631) 627-3665.
    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption. The shelter is located at 646 Medford Ave. in Patchogue. Their phone number is (631) 627-3665.This week's dogs are up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption. The shelter is located at 646 Medford Ave. in Patchogue. Their phone number is (631) 627-3665.
    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption. The shelter is located at 646 Medford Ave. in Patchogue. Their phone number is (631) 627-3665.
    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption. The shelter is located at 646 Medford Ave. in Patchogue. Their phone number is (631) 627-3665.
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."