A massive storm hammering the Northeastern U.S. with rain and snow forced the cancellations Friday of hundreds of flights into and out of the region.
The East Coast was being hit with winds reaching 50 mph, and officials warned that Cape Cod, Massachusetts, could experience hurricane-strength winds of 80 mph to 90 mph. Snow was falling on upstate New York, and meteorologists forecast as much as 5 inches of snow from Rhode Island up to Boston.
Flights from Maine to Maryland were canceled as the nor’easter threatened coastal flooding in the most populous region of the United States.
FlightAware reported more than 1,800 flights being canceled in the U.S., and between 20% and 30% of those cancellations were flights into and out of the three major airports that serve the New York City area.
Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker activated 200 National Guard members to help with the storm.
“We’re expecting to see more severe flooding issues here than we did in the Jan. 4 storm,” when a Nor’easter lashed the region with heavy snow and rain, he said.
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