Storms and Hurricanes

Winter Storm Slams, South, Northeast, Leaving 220,000 Homes Without Power and Thousands of Flight Delays Behind

Winter Storm Slams, South, Northeast, Leaving 220,000 Homes Without Power and Thousands of Flight Delays Behind

A powerful winter storm passed through the South Sunday, dropping ice, snow, and sleet, and leaving over 220,000 homes and businesses without electrical power.
Many people trying to travel during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend were left stranded by road closures, highway accidents, and thousands of flight cancellations.
Drivers across the Southeast are being warned Monday to stay off the roads as temperatures at freezing or near freezing will …

Major Storm Threatens Disruptions From Mississippi to Maine, 80 Million Under Winter Weather Alerts

Major Storm Threatens Disruptions From Mississippi to Maine, 80 Million Under Winter Weather Alerts

A powerful winter storm is causing chaos in areas of the country that don’t usually see freezing rain, ice, and snow.
The storm began to impact the southeastern United States on Sunday, causing the National Weather Service to issue an ice storm warning for parts of South Carolina from Sunday through Monday.
“Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible,” the weather service said Sunday.  “Travel is strongly discouraged.”
Meanwhile, …

Record Winds Leave 500,000 Without Power and Delay Hundreds of Flights

Record Winds Leave 500,000 Without Power and Delay Hundreds of Flights

A series of powerful storms with record-setting winds hit the United States Wednesday from the Rockies to the Great Lakes, causing numerous flight delays and leaving over half a million households without power.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said that there were at least 55 reports of hurricane-force thunderstorm wind gusts, a one-day record. In addition, almost 20 tornadoes were documented in Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska.
Over 530,000 power outages …

Blizzard Warnings in Effect for Alaska and Hawaii

Blizzard Warnings in Effect for Alaska and Hawaii

The first blizzard warning of the winter of 2021-22 was not issued for Buffalo, New York, nor was it issued for the Rocky Mountains region.  No, the first warning was issued for Hawaii, followed quickly by several for Alaska.
The National Weather Service issued on Friday a blizzard warning for the Big Island’s two summits, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, with up to 12” (30.5 cm) of snow and winds gusting …

Thanksgiving Travel Imperiled by Potential Holiday Week Storm

Thanksgiving Travel Imperiled by Potential Holiday Week Storm

A major storm could cause travel chaos just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the National Weather Service is warning.
The storm would impact large portions of the central and eastern United States, although the jury is still out insofar as a more definitive forecast is concerned.  One longer-range forecast is calling for heavy snow in parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
“This storm remains a prominent weather focus due to its timing right …

American’s Operational Woes Continue as Airline Cancels Over 500 Flights on Monday

American’s Operational Woes Continue as Airline Cancels Over 500 Flights on Monday

American Airlines, which was forced to cancel some 20% of its flights over the Halloween weekend, cancelled 500 more on Monday.
As of 8 p.m. EDT, the airline had cancelled 481 flights scheduled for Monday, a figure representing 16% of its total operations for the day, as well as 40 more that had been scheduled for Tuesday.
The airline blamed severe weather that started Thursday at its main hub at Dallas/Fort Worth …

American Airlines Cancels Hundreds of Flights Over Halloween Weekend

American Airlines Cancels Hundreds of Flights Over Halloween Weekend

American Airlines was forced to cancel over 1,300 flights over the course of Halloween weekend, citing severe storms and staffing issues.
The world’s largest airline had cancelled 537 flights – representing 20% of its total schedule – as of 9:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday according to FlightAware, a service that tracks such information.  It had already cancelled 342 flights on Friday and has preemptively cancelled 447 on Sunday and 18 on …