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There’s a Storm Coming, Just in Time to Delay Christmas Travel

There’s a Storm Coming, Just in Time to Delay Christmas Travel
Jennifer Billock

Weather reports are showing a storm on the way that could heavily disrupt holiday travel and flights; it’s currently brewing in the south and getting ready to head northeast – be prepared to expect canceled and delayed flights at a number of major airports throughout the eastern part of the United States.

Look out holiday travelers – it looks like a storm is brewing. Thursday and Friday are expected to be the two busiest travel days through the first week in January, and a storm forming in the Gulf Coast may put a hitch in that. No snow has been forecast, but heavy rain, thunderstorms, and strong wind are expected as the storm moves northeast through the Carolinas and into the east coast, USA Today reports.

New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston are all in the path of the storm, and are at risk for delayed and canceled flights. So far, though, impact on holiday travel has been minimal – nationwide only 82 flights have been canceled and 1,375 were delayed. The problems were mostly in Florida, where more than 10 percent of Orlando arrivals were delayed as the storms started, and in San Francisco, where morning fog had the potential to delay flights as well before it cleared in the early afternoon.

None of the major airports have issue travel waivers as of yet, USA Today says, which is a good thing. It could mean that the airports are not expecting much disruption from the weather, so there’s no actual need to issue the waivers. But only time – and Mother Nature – will tell.

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