Flash Floods in Northeast Result in Thousands of Flight Delays and Cancellations
Heavy downpours and flash flooding in the New York metropolitan area caused thousands of delays across the nation.
A line of severe weather that included thunderstorms battered parts of the region Wednesday. Severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings were issued by the National Weather Service.
As of 6 p.m. EDT, almost 400 flights have been cancelled and 5,000 flights delayed nationwide, according to FlightStats, a flight-tracking service.
Delays and cancellations were most prevalent at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy, and Newark Liberty International airports, which accounted for 255 of the cancellations and 1,480 of the delayed flights.
Other airports reporting significant delays and cancellations were those with the most flights to and from the New York region, including Chicago O’Hare International, Dallas-Fort Worth International, and Ronald Reagan National airports.
As dark clouds moved into New York City, flash flooding was observed in parts of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, turning some streets into shallow rivers. Road conditions were hazardous as rain fell at a rate of up to 2.5” (63.5 mm) per hour in New Jersey.
The weather caused waterlogged streets, some with up to a foot (304 mm) of water, and fallen limbs blocked some streets in the region.
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