2,000 U.S. flights cancelled Thursday

If you're looking for the (Reuters) version: After one of the most severe U.S. hurricanes in recent years, Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida's Gulf Coast,

causing widespread destruction and forcing the cancellation of over 2,000 flights throughout the country on Thursday.

U.S. air traffic is severely disrupted, particularly in the southeast, as a result of the storm. More than 5,000 flights have been cancelled by airlines since Tuesday.

The airports in Tampa, Orlando, Sarasota-Bradenton, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Naples, and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, as well as others, temporarily shut down operations on Wednesday

Flightaware, a service that keeps tabs on airline schedules, said that 1,935 flights were abandoned on Thursday. Tuesday saw 403 flight cancellations as airlines prepared for the storm.

Commercial flights are expected to resume at the Orlando airport on Friday. The airport in Tampa has announced that it would remain closed until at least Thursday.

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