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East Coast Storm Hampers Thanksgiving Travel

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 08:06 AM

A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast snarled traffic and disrupted flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel.

The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico brought rain to cities including New York and Boston and higher elevations in interior New England could see a foot of snow or more, National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Corfidi said on Wednesday.

The storm is expected to move away from the U.S. East Coast on Thursday, with cold but drier conditions for those taking to the roads at the weekend, Corfidi said.

On Wednesday, areas to the north and west of New York City received as much as 9 inches of snow. Parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland saw more than 6 inches of snow. On Thursday, some 4 to 8 inches could fall along parts of the Atlantic coast, especially in coastal Maine and New Hampshire.

More than 740 flights into and around the United States were canceled on Wednesday and nearly 4,730 were delayed, according to tracking website FlightAware.com.

"I just hope I can get on the plane," Amber Fernandez, 19, said at New York's LaGuardia Airport, where she waited to board a flight to Detroit that had been delayed about two hours.

More than 46 million Americans are expected to make trips between Wednesday and Sunday, travel group AAA said, with more than 89 percent traveling by car.

In New York, where a snowstorm last week killed at least 13 people, Governor Andrew Cuomo urged travelers to drive with caution.

The state has reserved snowplows to respond to emergencies and has more than 130,000 tons of road salt to use between New York City and Albany.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it would boost staffing at its airports and toll collection booths at its tunnels and bridges to accommodate the increase in holiday travelers.

Across Pennsylvania, stormy weather caused accidents that brought traffic to a halt on several major roadways, the state's Department of Transportation said. (Additional reporting by Sebastien Malo in New York, Jeffrey B. Roth in Westminster, Md., Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, and Eric M. Johnson in Chicago; Editing by Bill Trott, Mohammad Zargham, Peter Cooney and Clarence Fernandez)

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A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast snarled traffic and disrupted flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel.
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2014-06-27
Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 08:06 AM
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