Travelers say the airports in Tampa and Orlando were packed and flights were sold out.
“We weren’t sure if we were going to get out or not, but luckily we did this morning,” Erik Short from St. Augustine, FL said.
A mom from Ft. Meyers and her twin boys landed in Detroit Tuesday afternoon, seeking refuge from the storm with family in Michigan.
Nadine Rogel was relieved when she landed a seat on the last Delta flight from Tampa to Detroit. She’s also planning on staying with family in Michigan until it’s safe to return.
“Rather than get a rowboat and row myself to the grocery store, I decided to come to Detroit,” Rogel said.
A West Michigan couple also erred on the side of caution, returning home early from their trip to Disney World.
“I would rather have a blizzard than a hurricane, so we decided to cut it short and come home,” Penny Walters said.
A University of Central Florida student from Troy saw this as an opportunity to enjoy a fall weekend in Michigan.
“Yesterday, they canceled classes for Wednesday through Friday, so I kind of just decided to make a last-minute trip home,” Uday Jalf said.