Air­lines grounded hun­dreds of flights along North­east cor­ri­dor in an­tic­i­pa­tion of storm

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

WASHINGTON: A band of frigid weather snaking its way up the East Coast Sun­day threat­ened to bring bliz­zards and a foot of snow to New York City and New Eng­land, while sev­eral states to the South made emer­gency dec­la­ra­tions as the storm caused crashes on slick roads.

Air­lines grounded hun­dreds of flights Sun­day along the North­east cor­ri­dor in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the storm, af­fect­ing ma­jor air­ports in­clud­ing New York's JFK and Ne­wark. Air­lines said more can­cel­la­tions were likely as the storm pro­gressed. Travel mis­ery be­gan a day ear­lier in parts of the South, where a rare white Christ­mas came with re­ports of dozens of car crashes.

In Washington trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials pre-treated roads and read­ied 200 salt trucks, plows and other pieces of equip­ment to fight the 6 inches or more ex­pected to fall in the Mid-At­lantic re­gion.

The North­east is ex­pected to get the brunt of the storm. Fore­cast­ers is­sued a bliz­zard warn­ing for New York City for Sun­day and Mon­day, with a fore­cast of 11 to 16 inches of snow and strong winds that will re­duce vis­i­bil­ity to near zero at times. A bliz­zard warn­ing was also in ef­fect for Rhode Is­land and most of east­ern Mas­sachusetts in­clud­ing Bos­ton, with fore­cast­ers pre­dict­ing 15 to 20 inches of snow from noon Sun­day to 6 p.m. A bliz­zard warn­ing is is­sued when snow is ac­com­pa­nied by sus­tained winds or gusts over 35 mph.

As much as 18 inches could fall on the New Jersey shore with wind gusts over 40 mph. A bliz­zard warn­ing was also in ef­fect for Rhode Is­land and most of east­ern Mas­sachusetts in­clud­ing Bos­ton, with fore­cast­ers pre­dict­ing 15 to 20 inches of snow from noon Sun­day to 6 p.m. Mon­day.

Bal­ti­more and Washington were ex­pected to get 6 inches or more of snow, with sur­round­ing ar­eas fore­cast to have as many as 9, the weather ser­vice said.

By early Sun­day, Mary­land, Vir­ginia and North Carolina de­clared states of emer­gency.

"Winds with gusts up to 45 miles per hour will cause blow­ing snow and that's go­ing to cause the worst of it," Vir­ginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told The Weather Chan­nel Satur­day night. "We're urg­ing ex­treme cau­tion in travel. Try to get home early and if you don't have to travel don't go."

Con­ti­nen­tal Air­lines can­celed 250 Sun­day de­par­tures from Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port out­side New York City. United Air­lines can­celed dozens of Sun­day de­par­tures from Ne­wark, Philadel­phia, New York's LaGuardia and JFK, Bos­ton and other air­ports. AirTran and South­west Air­lines also can­celed flights, mostly in or out of Washington Dulles, Bal­ti­more and Ne­wark. Amer­i­can Air­lines said it an­tic­i­pated can­cel­ing flights, but hadn't yet done so early Sun­day.

Most car­ri­ers were waiv­ing fees for one-time changes in af­fected ar­eas and urg­ing pas­sen­gers to make changes through their web­sites.

The mon­ster storm is the re­sult of a low pres­sure sys­tem that will in­ten­sify off the North Carolina coast on Sun­day morn­ing and strengthen into a ma­jor storm as it moves north­east, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Delaware and Philadel­phia braced for up to a foot of snow pre­dicted to fall from Sun­day into Mon­day and au­thor­i­ties urged peo­ple to avoid trav­el­ing if pos­si­ble. Early Sun­day, win­ter storm warn­ings stretched from Ge­or­gia to New Eng­land. -Ap

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti Oil Min­is­ter Sheikh Ah­mad al-Ab­dul­lah al-Sabah at­tends the open­ing of the Min­is­te­rial Con­fer­ence of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Arab Petroleum Ex­port­ing Coun­tries (OAPEC) in Cairo. -Reuters

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.