Flights and Trains Cancelled as Storm Sweeps Through New York Metro Area

By Anna Breuer on 15 May 2018
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A fallen tree in Forest Hills on Tuesday

A fallen tree in Forest Hills on Tuesday

A line of thunderstorms in the late afternoon on Tuesday resulted in significant wind damage in the New York metropolitan area. The storms were accompanied by wind gusts that reached as 60 mph (96 km/h), downing trees and knocking out power for several hundred thousand homes and offices.

The storm snarled traffic in the region, and created chaos for commuters and travelers alike, resulting in cancelled trains and a slew of delayed and cancelled flights up and down the East Coast.

As of 9 p.m. EDT, over 2,000 flights were delayed and over 500 flights cancelled as a result of the storm.

In addition, the Metro-North commuter railroad cancelled service on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines although service on the Hudson line had been partially restored by 8 p.m. EDT. New Jersey Transit reported multiple fallen trees on its tracks, which resulted in the suspension of service on several lines.

The strong wind ripped the top of a water tower off in Upper Manhattan and the roof off a hotel in Newburgh, N.Y. Dozens of trees were toppled in the neighborhoods of Forest Hills and Kew Gardens in Queens, damaging parked cars in the process.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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