Winter Storm Cancels 1,100 Flights, Impacts 23 States

By Paul Riegler on 14 December 2013
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New York's Throgs Neck Bridge

New York’s Throgs Neck Bridge

As Winter Storm Electra continues to dump snow in the Central and Northeast United States, it  began to cause severe weather in the Southeast as well.

As of 9:30 p.m. Saturday in New York, over 1,100 flights have been cancelled and almost 5,400 delayed according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.  The largest number of delays was at Newark Liberty International Airport, with 208 arrivals and 179 departures cancelled, followed by Chicago O’Hare, with 103 and 111 respectively.  While Newark reported only 79 delayed departures, O’Hare said there had been 539.

More than 100 million people were in the storm’s path, which spans 23 states, and four people were reported killed due to the storm on Saturday. For many, this is the third storm in the past week.

Snowplows around the country were clearing thousands of miles of roads.

Philadelphia, New York, and Boston saw the greatest impact from Electra, and heavy snow will continue in New England through Sunday.  Much of the snow will wash away as temperatures move above freezing.  In New York at 9:45 p.m., John F. Kennedy International Airport was reporting light to moderate rain and this is expected to spread throughout the area as the night continues.

Thunderstorms were spreading across the Southeast and a tornado warning was in place in parts of South Carolina including Charleston for several hours.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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