4,300 Flights Canceled and Major Power Outages in These States

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As more than 4,300 flights were canceled in the US on Friday and another 5,200 were delayed, Winter Storm Elliott could bring historically low temperatures over the weekend, causing additional flight cancellations and power outages, according to the National Weather Service.

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According to flight tracking site FlightAware, as of 13:30 on Friday, 4,352 flights based in the US were cancelled, while 5,215 flights were delayed.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is the airport with the most cancellations to date, with 69% of flights canceled today, while other airports in the Midwest such as Chicago Midway International (58%) and Detroit Metro (42%) continue to cancel flights.

The National Weather Service has issued hard freeze warnings for North Louisiana, Central Mississippi, Central Alabama, North Florida, and Southwest Georgia, while other states, including South Carolina and North Carolina, have been given wind cooling recommendations.

According to Poweroutage, as of 13:30 on Friday, more than 1.5 million people in the US and Canada are without power, with the most customers experiencing power outages in North Carolina (176,569), followed by Virginia (149,524), Tennessee (124,153). , Maine (119,412) and New York (100.346).

Heavy snowfall is expected in parts of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio and is expected to move to the Northeast this weekend, as “significant” freezing rain is expected in the Pacific Northwest.

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181 million. The National Weather Service said it was the number of U.S. residents living under wind chill warnings or recommendations. An additional 11 million blizzard warnings, 58 million winter storm warnings and 500,000 ice storm warnings were issued.

What to Watch?

there are meteorologists envisaged High winds reached 80 km/h in Chicago on Friday, while areas from Kansas City to Michigan could be hit by a hurricane bomb (a storm that intensified rapidly), causing heavy rain and poor visibility. Heavy rain and wind are expected to hit parts of New England and New York, followed by freezing temperatures and icy roads. The Weather Channel expects Great Lakes states to receive as much as a foot of snow.

Key Background

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (right) was one of several state governors to declare a state of emergency earlier this week, predicting “extremely low temperatures” and possible power outages. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) warned that the storm would be “really dangerous” and urged residents to “stay indoors and crouch, hopefully with your family, for the Christmas holidays.” The National Weather Service suggests today that the storm “which will continue to wreak havoc in the eastern third of the country” will begin to subside early next week.

further reading

Winter Storm Elliott: Nearly 2,000 US Flights Canceled As Mega Storm Disrupts Vacation Travel (forbes)

Winter Storm Elliott: Travel Alerts, ‘The Hurricane the Bomb’ and What You Need to Know About How to Change Your Airfare (forbes)

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