High Winds Spread Air Travel Delays Throughout the Northeast

Air travel woes have spread throughout the U.S. Northeast as gusting winds have delayed travelers from Baltimore to New York.

Winds have been gusting at 40 to 45 miles (64 to 72 kilometers) per hour this afternoon in New York, where a wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Upton, New York.

“It is going to remain breezy right on through the overnight period,” said David Stark, a weather service meteorologist.

Air traffic delays of more than two and a half hours have been reported at Newark’s Liberty International Airport and more than 90 minutes at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports in New York, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. At least 408 flights in the U.S. have been canceled today, LaGuardia and Newark topping the list, according to FlightAware, an airline tracking company in Houston. Additional delays have been reported in Baltimore.

Stark said wind intensity will drop into the 30-to-35-mph range this evening and possibly persist through the day tomorrow. By tomorrow night, they will probably have died down.

The gusts are part of a passing cold front that touched off tornadoes yesterday, killing at least one man and injuring 22 others in Georgia, and downing trees, damaging buildings and knocking out power from Alabama to Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Flight Cancellations

The system also contributed to the cancellation of 869 flights around the U.S. yesterday, according to FlightAware. Airports in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago had the most problems.

The system also caused power outages earlier today to more than 336,000 homes and businesses from South Carolina to Maine, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from electric utility websites and spokesmen.

Connecticut, with 81,341 customers, about 5 percent, appeared worst hit, according to utilities Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating.

The front will also cause temperatures to drop along the East Coast, Stark said.

In New York, temperatures will fall to the mid-30s tomorrow and “struggle to get to freezing” the day after, he said.

Boston’s high was 58 today and lows will reach 26 tonight. Philadelphia’s temperature peaked at 50 earlier today and is expected to reach 29 tonight.

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