Early Winter Storm Causes Thousands of Flight Delays and Cancellations, 7 Highway Deaths

By Paul Riegler on 15 November 2018
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Winter conditions were evident in New York City

Winter conditions were evident in New York City

A powerful early winter storm caused major travel problems across the East Coast, leaving snow-covered icy roads in its wake.

Nationwide, over 1,426 flights were cancelled as of 7 p.m. EST, while over 8,000 were delayed, based on data from FlightStats, a company that tracks flight information.

The cancellations and delays were concentrated in the New York metropolitan area with 292 cancellations at Newark Liberty International Airport and 582 delays. LaGuardia Airport reported 256 cancellations and 447 delays, while John F. Kennedy International Airport reported 119 cancellations and 405 delays. [Editor’s note: these figures include both arrivals and departures.]

Other airports reporting substantial delays include Philadelphia International, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall, and Charlotte Douglas International airports.

On the roads, seven people are dead following a number of accidents and 380,000 utility customers are without power.

A multi-vehicle accident brought traffic on the George Washington Bridge to a halt Thursday afternoon and a later accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike had a similar impact.  Three people were killed in two separate accidents in Arkansas, and one person perished in a 13-car collision in Ohio, and at least two people died and 44 were injured when bus traveling along Interstate 269 overturned on Wednesday in DeSoto County in Mississippi.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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