Thousands of Flights Delayed, Canceled as Severe Storms and Tornados Hit the South

By Anna Breuer on 13 April 2019
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An American Airlines 777 at DFW

An American Airlines 777 at DFW

Multiple dangerous and severe storms are forecast to impact parts of the South this weekend, forecasters said.

As the National Weather Service posted one tornado warning after another in Texas Saturday, a tornado ripped through one town tearing off roofs and destroying mobile homes. Multiple injuries were reported in the town of Franklin, south of Dallas. Meanwhile, the Dallas area reported dime-sized hail.

The severity of the storms has forced major changes in the final round of the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, where tee times will start five hours earlier than originally planned.

Over 900 flights were canceled on Saturday according to Flightstats, a website that tracks such matters, most due to the severe weather, and over 4,500 posted delays as of 7:15 p.m. EDT.

The lion’s share of the delays were at Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport. System-wide, American Airlines posted over 500 cancellations and over 1,100 delays, while Southwest Airlines recorded 97 cancellations and over 600 delays.

A strong area of low pressure is moving northeastward from the southern Plains towards the Ohio Valley. Severe thunderstorms were forcast from east Texas across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama on Saturday.

The possibility of severe weather on Sunday stretches from Atlanta to Cleveland.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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