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Heavy Rain Snarls Air Traffic as Storms Hit Eastern U.S.

July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Heavy rain swept through the eastern U.S., delaying airline travel from New England to the Great Lakes, including New York.

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport had delays of two hours and 46 minutes at 3 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration website. Flights to Newark’s Liberty International Airport were held up for 90 minutes and to Boston’s Logan International for almost an hour.

Traffic into Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia and New York’s John F. Kennedy International was also delayed.

“Individual showers or thunderstorms could produce 1 to 2 inches of rain in an hour or less,” the National Weather Service said in a flash flood watch issued for New York City and southern Connecticut. As much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) “is possible where showers and thunderstorms repeatedly move over the same areas.”

Flash flood watches and advisories were posted from Maine to Delaware.

Around the U.S., 476 flights were canceled as of 3:36 p.m. New York time, 168 of them into or out of LaGuardia, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking service.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bill Banker at bbanker@bloomberg.net

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