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Irene forces cancellations at PBIA

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Hurricane Irene is causing travel nightmares along much of the eastern United States; even in places where severe weather is not a factor.

In South Florida, dozens of northeast-bound flights were canceled for Saturday and Sunday. Most of the canceled flights at Palm Beach International Airport were headed to and coming from major airports in New York City, Newark, Boston and Philadelphia.

Paula Podradchik, of Boynton Beach, and her son Ryan, 3, flew into West Palm Beach from Boston just in time on Saturday afternoon. "To fly into West Palm and not see any other planes. You look at the boards and see what's flying out. There is nothing. It is strange," she said. "We were lucky we left today. If we were leaving tomorrow, a lot of flights were getting canceled," added Podradchik.

As travel troubles worsen along the east coast there were little to no lines at PBIA, likely because airline passengers checked status of their flights and found that many of those airplanes had been grounded. Most of those cancellations were blamed on weather, predominately from Hurricane Irene.

PBIA passengers who were not flying into Irene's path, were sympathetic to fellow travelers to the north. "Get a couch and a pillow and hopefully you can catch a flight later on, a couple of days later," said Daniel Constindse of California. The Orange County resident was vacationing in Port St. Lucie with his family as Hurricane Irene skirted the Florida coast.

Dozens of flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport had been cancelled both Saturday and Sunday. Check with your airline before leaving for the airport.

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