Blizzard Delays Flights, Closes Roads, Downs Power Lines

December 27, 2010; 11:41 AM
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Blizzard 2010, Henderson, N.C. photo courtesy of AccuWeather Facebook fan Joanna S.

The blizzard that hammered states along the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine has made travel difficult, if not impossible Monday.

Airport Delays and Cancelations

Airports are reporting delays and flight cancelations for the second day since the storm began.

In North Carolina, Wilmington International and Raleigh-Durham International airports are reporting inbound and outbound flight delays and cancelations according to the web sites.

Airports from Virginia northward are also experiencing difficulties. Norfolk International, Washington Dulles International and Baltimore/Washington International airports are reporting delays and cancelations on arriving and departing flights.

Even farther north, Pittsburgh International, LaGuardia International, John F. Kennedy International, Newark International and Boston Logan International airports are also reporting delayed or canceled flights inbound and outbound.

People who plan to fly today should contact their specific airline carrier for more flight information.

Power Outages

High winds and snow bringing down tree branches have caused many people to lose electricity to their homes.

"Hyannis, Mass. had wind gusts of 50-55 m.p.h. at 10 a.m. EST," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist, Mike Pigott.

In South Carolina, most of the people with no electricity are near the northern border with North Carolina, according to WBFMnews.com. More than 4,700 customers of Progress Energy were without power as of Sunday morning. There were 12,000 additional Progress Energy customers in North Carolina without power, according to WNCT.com.

In Hartford, Conn. more than 15,000 homes were without power, according to the Associated Press. The hardest-hit locations were the eastern coastal areas.

Power outages in Providence, R.I. were mostly in the southern coastal communities, according to the Providence Journal. Sunday morning, nearly 2,300 homes had no electricity.

There were more than 30,000 homes in Massachusetts without power, according to the Massachusetts Telegram.

Prince Edward Island, Canada also experienced downed power lines due to the wind and snow. The Guardian reported that 7,500 homes had no power as of 10 a.m. EST.

Blowing snow in Wakefield, R.I. photo courtesy of Marlo G., AccuWeather Facebook fan.

Ground Travel

Amtrak train service in the Northeast had to cancel many routes between New York and Boston due to snow. As of Sunday afternoon, routes to Washington, D.C. were also being affected, according to the Washington Business Journal.

The Concord Coach Lines website reported that services for many bus routes in New Hampshire and Maine were canceled due to severe weather.

There are reports of trees and power lines down in many states in the Northeast. Motorists are experiencing difficult travel on highways due to snow accumulation, blowing snow, and downed trees and poles.

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