Summer Storms Slam Much of U.S., Thousands of Flights Delayed, Cancelled
One of the most uncomfortable days of the summer in many parts of the United States ended with torrents of rain and a sky brightened by the flash of lightning.
As of 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, over 2,900 flights had been delayed, with a further 268 cancelled, according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service. Chicago O’Hare, Washington Dulles, Philadelphia International, and Charlotte Douglas airports saw the greatest impact from the storm.
The storm impacted air traffic on Friday as well, with almost 4,000 delays in the U.S. and almost 600 cancellations.
Globally, over 15,000 flights were delayed and almost 1,000 were cancelled on Saturday. On Friday, there were almost 20,000 delays worldwide with 1,200 cancellations.
Strong winds with gusts up to 65 mph brought down small tree limbs and flash flooding caused significant property damage throughout the borough of Queens in New York City.
In and around Washington, D.C., almost 10,000 homes lost power Saturday night. In the New York metropolitan area, Connecticut Light and Power reported that more than 2,300 customers were impacted, and Jersey Central Power & Light said that more than 30,000 homes had lost power, mostly in Monmouth and Middlesex counties. New York City’s ConEd reported approximately 1,000 outages.
Meanwhile, a storm system over the Atlantic pushed into southern Europe on Sunday, bringing the possibility of flash floods as well as much needed rain.
On Friday, severe thunderstorms in the Chicagoland area left widespread power outages and reports of wind damage in their wake. One person died after being hit by a falling tree and over 64,000 homes were left without power. Over 200,000 homes were left without power in Michigan.
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