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Irma ‘stranded heroes’ have welcoming place to stay in Charlotte

Soldiers relax at the USO of North Carolina Charlotte Center at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in December 2015.
Soldiers relax at the USO of North Carolina Charlotte Center at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in December 2015. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

The USO of North Carolina’s Charlotte Center at Charlotte Douglas International Airport will stay open all night Monday and early Tuesday for service members who have been stranded because of the weather.

“We’ve made the call to keep our #CLT airport center open tonight,” the USO of North Carolina tweeted on Monday afternoon. “Thank you to our amazing volunteers and staff who will keep the doors open!”

The airport tweeted a picture of Marines unable to fly back to Jacksonville, N.C., relaxing @USOofNC.

“It will stay open all night for stranded heroes,” airport officials said.

The USO did not know Monday afternoon how many military members might end up stranded because of delayed or canceled flights, a spokesman said. Some flights that everyone thought were canceled, including to Jacksonville, N.C., were suddenly boarding Monday afternoon, he said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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