MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — For the first time since Hurricane Irma hit, some people are finally able to get back to Florida.
Airports throughout the state closed ahead of the storm, but now flights are finally starting to take off again.
At Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday morning, travelers were seen checking in for a 7:15 a.m. flight to Miami. Wednesday was just the second day planes can get to south Florida after Irma hit.
CBS North Carolina’s Lauren Haviland got the chance to speak to passengers leaving RDU on the 7:15 flight.
“We’re a bit freaked out, really,” said Peter Marek, of Marco Island.
Floridians Peter and Penelope Marek were vacationing in Europe when Hurricane Irma hit.
“We didn’t sleep for three or four nights knowing that actually the hurricane was coming across the Caribbean,” Peter said.
The Marek’s have a home and business on Marco Island.
“[It was] pretty traumatic seeing this all on TV and where the prediction was going to be for the storm to hit,” said Penelope.
The Marek’s original plans included flying to Hawaii next, but instead they cut it short flying into RDU to get to south Florida early Wednesday morning.
“I managed to do it in the end, because you have to pay change fees and extra tickets but we managed to do it in the end,” Penelope said. “Just pleased to be going home and checking on everything.”
The Marek’s said they’re unsure of what they’ll find when they get home.
“We don’t know a lot,” Peter said. “We know that it wasn’t as bad as we were expecting but then you never know until you actually are there and see it.”
They do know there’s no power or water.
“Today, tomorrow, maybe Friday it will be back and maybe everything will be not normal, but approaching normal,” Penelope said.
But at least for the Marek’s, Irma isn’t scaring them away from the Sunshine State.
“[It’s] one of the problems of living in Florida, but it’s a beautiful place and we’re not going to move,” said Penelope.
According to a spokesperson, Miami’s airport did suffer some significant damage, but they are accepting planes and passengers again.