SFO fills with Irma evacuees from Florida as storm preparation continues

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It's a busy night at SFO, but in terms of travels to and from South Florida -- that's nonexistent, as hurricane Irma makes its way there. (KGO-TV)

It's a busy night at SFO, but in terms of travels to and from South Florida -- that's nonexistent as Hurricane Irma makes its way there.

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An SFO terminal sign shows a long list of flights Friday night.

But everything to and from South Florida is canceled. One Berkeley woman's mother is stranded in Turks and Caicos after Irma pounded those islands.

"She just texted that she's fine. There's a lot of destruction, trees down -- that type of thing," said Jess Fryer.

Fryer picked up her sister who arrived on a flight from Colorado. She's confident her mom will make it back to Boston where she lives.

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"She's booked on a flight but it only works if the airport is open," Fryer told ABC7 News.

Earlier Friday, Tina Gonzales made it out of Miami to SFO on one of the last possible flights. "It was all sold out -- New York, Boston, Atlanta -- sold out."

It's been a mad dash out of Florida while some California officials landed there to help. PG&E crews from the Bay Area will help Florida Power and Light with expected outages from the storm.

Silicon Valley Air National Guard is headed to Florida as well. Most of the unit just returned from Texas helping to save lives in Hurricane Harvey.

"We're prepared for swift water rescue as well as helicopter rescue," said one member of the rescue crew.

The unit plans to stay in Florida as long as they're needed.

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