More than 100 Chicago flights grounded because of Northeast storm
November 8, 2012 1:38AM
A winter storm bringing high winds, snow, low visibility and some flooding to the East Coast into Thursday is affecting air traffic out of Chicago.
Flights to the East Coast from O’Hare International Airport saw delays of 60 minutes or more Wednesday and more than 90 flights were canceled, according to the city’s Department of Aviation.
At Midway, where the expected storm canceled nearly a dozen flights, passengers headed to the East Coast were delayed about 30 minutes on average, the department said. United is suspending service in and out of the New York airports until noon Thursday, United spokesman Charles Hobart said.
According to the National Weather Service, this strong coastal storm is expected to bring rain and snow along with gusty winds across the coastal sections of the northeast. Wind gusts as high as 60 mph are expected along the coast, and snowfall across interior sections of New England could approach 6-12 inches, and coastal flooding is also possible, according to the weather service. In the New York area, at least, visibility during this storm could be down to one-quarter to one-half mile at times.
This combination of forces could bring down trees and power lines, resulting in power outages, according to the weather service.
United is suspending service in and out of the New York airports until noon Thursday, United spokesman Charles Hobart said.
The total number of United flight cancellations for Wednesday and Thursday because of the storm is about 500, which represents less than 5 percent of total flights scheduled for that time period, Hobart said.