More than 700 flights into and out of New York have been cancelled following news that a storm is about to hit from the Atlantic Ocean.
Metro.us writes that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has halted reconstruction efforts – prompted by superstorm ‘Sandy’, which hit the state less than a week ago – and ordered that beaches and parks be closed, as 7.5 feet high waves were discovered out at sea.
United and American Airlines are among the carriers suspending their operations as the storm is expected to bring fresh bouts of rain, sleet, snow, and winds travelling at speeds in excess of 40 mph.
While the storm is not likely to be as destructive as superstorm Sandy, which last week halted more than 20,000 flights and claimed at least 40 lives in New York City, it could still have the power to knock out the electricity supply in some areas.
“Even though it’s not anywhere near as strong as Sandy – nor strong enough, in normal times, for us to evacuate anybody – out of precaution and because of the changing physical circumstances, we are going to go to some small areas and ask those people to go to higher ground,” Mayor Bloomberg told New Yorkers on Tuesday, without making any mandatory orders to evacuate, quotes csmonitor.com.
Newark Liberty International has seen the bulk of the flight cancellations, a flight tracking data service has confirmed. The majority of airlines however are waiving their usual fees for flight amendments at this time.
The news comes just hours after Barack Obama secured his next tenure as American president.