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Hurricane closes Tampa airport, strands visitors

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:++SOUNDBITES PARTIALLY COVERED++ASSOCIATED PRESSTampa - 27 September 20221. Various of people inside Tampa airport2. SOUNDBITE (English) Christine Williams, Tourist from London:?"We came out on a week ago Friday, had a lovely holiday, but then we were evacuated from the beach area. So we made our way to the airport to see if we could fly home early. But the flights were all full, so we we couldn't go on. So they told us to come back today to see if we could get on today's flight. And now we hear that today's flight's canceled. So we're here at least until Friday."3. Various of people inside Tampa airport4. SOUNDBITE (English) Christine Williams, Tourist from London:?"Unfortunately, all the hotels are full or closed, so it looks as though we're going to be in one of the shelters."5. Various of people inside Tampa airport6. SOUNDBITE (English) Glyn Williams, Tourist from London:?"It's quite expected, really, because we know the storm. We knew the hurricane was coming in and it was what we expected at the end of the day. And it is, you know, you got to go with the flow. So we're quite happy doing what we're doing."7. Traffic backed upSTORYLINE:Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba as a major hurricane Tuesday and left 1 million people without electricity. Now it's on a collision course with Florida over warm Gulf waters expected to strengthen it into a catastrophic Category 4 storm. Airports in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Key West closed. Busch Gardens in Tampa closed at least through Tuesday, while Disney World in Orlando closed four hotels.British tourists Glyn and Christine Williams were forced to evacuate their Tampa hotel. When the couple arrived at the airport they realized they would be unable to fly out until Friday. Since hotels are either full or evacuated they will be staying in a local shelter. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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