US east coast hit by strong winds

by William ASTON on December 28, 2010

Travellers remain stranded on the US eastern seaboard as strong winds exacerbate already frozen conditions.

Passengers at several east coast airports had been stranded by continued storms and are now facing further delays as strong winds blow snow back onto the runways. Airports stretching from Florida to New Hampshire have seen nearly 6,000 flights cancelled as New York and Chicago virtually shut down amidst sub-zero weather.

On Tuesday, key airports had reopened, but were forced to cancel several more flights after strong winds blew in causing flurries and snow to push back out to the tarmacs. By midday, Delta Air Lines had canceled 200 flights, mostly in the northeast. JetBlue, which bases in New York, has cancelled 140 flights.

JFK, Newark and LaGuardia remain open, but passengers are encouraged to double check with the airline if their flight is still scheduled. Furthermore, Continental Airlines warned passengers that delays were inevitable amidst the severe wintry weather.

The weather has caused travel chaos for many as Christmas holiday plans are ruined by the heavy snowfall. Once airports are back running at capacity, airlines will have a serious backlog of passengers to accommodate.

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