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Heavy Rain, Wind Delays Air Travel in Parts of the Northeast

Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Thunderstorms and gusting winds are delaying air travel throughout the U.S. Northeast, including New York and New Jersey.

Flights destined for New York’s John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports, as well as New Jersey’s Newark Liberty and Boston, are halted for more than an hour, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. Some traffic to Philadelphia is delayed by a half-hour.

“Low ceilings, winds and visibility have been a problem all day, so all the big hubs in the Northeast have been impacted,” said Tim Morrin, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton, New York.

The rain will continue through the rest of the day, prompting flood warnings and advisories from eastern Pennsylvania to Maine, the weather service said. The heaviest rain is currently falling in New England. New York will probably see more later today.

“As we head toward rush, showers most likely will increase, but they don’t appear to be as heavy as what is happening in Massachusetts,” Morrin said.

Some 290 flights around the U.S. were canceled, including 82 at LaGuardia and 72 at Newark, as of 4:15 p.m. New York time, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking service.

Morrin said the rain in New York will probably end around midnight and tomorrow is expected to be sunny with highs about 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 Celsius).

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

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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