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Updated: 09/07/2017 08:31:05AM

Stormwatch: Schools closed, flights canceled, hotels booked as Irma approaches

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SUN PHOTO BY ANDREA PRAEGITZER

Northbound traffic on Interstate 75 was heavy as residents evacuated due to Hurricane Irma.

Motorists head north on US 1, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Key Largo, Fla., in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. Keys officials announced a mandatory evacuation Wednesday for visitors, with residents being told to leave the next day. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

By ANDREA PRAEGITZER

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In the advent of Hurricane Irma’s approach, some hotels and motels across the area confirmed they had few, if any, vacancies for this weekend as Charlotte County schools were closed and Allegiant flights were canceled for the rest of the week.

Charlotte County Public Schools Superintendent Steve Dionisio announced Wednesday that all schools were closed Thursday and Friday. School activities for Thursday, Friday and Saturday also were canceled, and the district expects to announce by Sunday the status for Monday, district spokesperson Michael Riley said.

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