Storms Kill At Least 4, Cancel and Delay Over 7,000 Flights

By Anna Breuer on 14 April 2019
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The storms that swept the South Saturday with strong winds, dangerous tornadoes, and hail continue to move east after killing at least four people.

“A strong storm moving across the eastern portions of the country will bring the threat of severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall from the Northeast to the Ohio Valley and Gulf Coast today,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.

Damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes are possible.

Among the fatalities Saturday were two children in Texas who died after a tree fell on the car they were in, and a boy in Louisiana who drowned in a drainage area, officials said.

Over 1,000 flights were canceled on Saturday, the majority to have been operated by American Airlines, which has a heavy presence in the region, with over 5,000 delayed. Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, a major hub for American, reported the cancellation of 334 incoming flights and 370 outbound flights. The airport also reported over 1,100 delays of incoming and outbound flights.

On Sunday, American Airlines alone canceled more than 350 flights and reported 240 delays as of 11 a.m. EDT.

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