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Storm Causes Cancelations In Eastern U.S. and Canada

Storm causes Cancelation of flights in Eastern U.S.as well as Canada, knocking out power for millions, and it's not over yet!

Storm causes Cancelation of flights in Eastern U.S.as well as Canada, knocking out power for millions, and it's not over yet!

Many flights have been cancelled this weekend due first of all to the threat of hurricane Irene, and now tropical storm Irene, downgraded from hurricane status.

Thousands of flights have been canceled over the weekend, and it is expected to take a while before full service returns to the airports, even when the storm has left the area. According to FlightStats.com which as its name suggests tracks flight details, the greatest number of shutdowns were in the Greater New York area, along with Boston and Philadelphia.

Now that hurricane Irene has moved northwards, those airports in the mid-Atlantic are now opening and are beginning to launch their services again. but the U. S. Homeland Security has said that this is a very dangerous storm, and it is not over yet. The death toll stands at least 15 in six U.S. states, and there have been an estimated 6 million people left without power due to the high winds and stormy conditions. There has been wide spread flooding in New Jersey when the  Rahway River overflowed its banks.

In Canada, many flights in and out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport have been canceled, in particular those scheduled to arrive or head to Newark, Boston and Philadelphia on Sunday.

The tropical storm is expected to hit Canada on Monday, and it is expected that there will be winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour, and a rainfall up to 100 mm in some of the east coast areas of the Maritimes.

Even though Hurricane Irene is now moving away from New York City, the transportation system remains shut down, and authorities are saying that it may leave commuters stranded for getting to work on Monday morning. The complete system needs to be checked, but to do this the transport workers need for the winds to die down some more so that it is safe for them to do these very necessary safety checks.

Travelers are advised to listen to local radio stations to find out what services are available in any particular area, or to try phoning for more details. One thing is certain, and that is that you can expect delays wherever you are going on the east coast of the United States and Canada.

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