Flights to Florida will be “severely disrupted” over the next few days as Hurricane Irma is set to hit the Sunshine State.

Florida’s governor Rick Scott has called a state of emergency including mandatory evacuations in some areas with Irma, which has already caused severe damage to some Caribbean islands, set to arrive over the weekend (September 9-10).

Virgin Atlantic said its flights to Miami and Orlando will be “restricted” between Friday (September 8) and Monday (September 11).

“The adverse weather conditions caused by Hurricane Irma mean our flights to and from Florida are severely disrupted,” added the airline in a statement.

“Because of the widespread disruption to services to and from Florida and the Caribbean, we ask customers to check the status of their flights before they travel to the airport.

“Please be aware that the changing nature of the path of the hurricane may require us to make further changes or cancellations to our flights.”

British Airways has cancelled all Heathrow-Miami flights on Saturday and Sunday (September 9-10). BA’s Gatwick-Fort Lauderdale service on Saturday has also been cancelled. Flights to Tampa and Orlando are still scheduled to operate but will be kept “under review”.

“We are in regular contact with all our airport partners in the area about the impact this will have on our customers planning to travel to and from the region,” added BA.

American Airlines has cancelled more than 2,000 flights over the next few days due to Irma and plans to “wind down” operations at five south Florida airports from Friday (September 8).

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