Severe, deadly weather in the Eastern United States Monday and Monday night caused thousands of flight delays and cancellations across the country.
While the severe weather stretched from Savannah, Georgia, to Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, New York City, Albany, and beyond, the impact of the delays and cancellations was felt across the country. The storms killed at least two people and injured four others.
Severe thunderstorm watches and alerts were issued up and down the East Coast.
Over 8,100 flights within, into, and out of the United States had been delayed as of 9:45 p.m. EDT, while an additional 1,636 were cancelled.
Airports seeing the greatest impact included Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, with 47% of all flights delayed and an additional 14% cancelled, and New York’s LaGuardia, with delays at 25% and cancellations at 21%. Other airports with similarly high numbers of flight delays and cancellations included Washington Ronald Reagan National, Newark Liberty International, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall, Charlotte Douglas International, and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The weather along the East Coast continues to be severe at press time.
In New York, a tornado watch is in effect for western portions of the tri-state area, comprised of Hunterdon, Sussex, Warren, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset counties in New Jersey and Sullivan County in New York until 11 p.m.
A destructive wind warning was in effect west of Philadelphia and Allentown, Pennsylvania, while flash flood alerts were in effect up and down the coast including the New York City tri-state area.
A 15-year-old boy was struck by a tree in Anderson, South Carolina, and, in Florence, Alabama, a lightning strike at Florence Industrial Park killed a 28-year-old man. Meanwhile, power outages surpassed 1 million as of Monday evening with electric customers from New York through Georgia affected.
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