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Airport closures, Flight delays and Hurricane Sandy updates as the category 1 hurricane takes aims somewhere between Baltimore and New York. This article is constantly being updated, so please check back for the latest info.
Hurricane Sandy continues to grow stronger, now at 90mph maximum sustained winds and is expected to grow even stronger as it begins to mix with another weather system moving in from the northwest. Sandy is expected to make landfall tonight, and the storm surge is already rising from Norfolk to Boston. The NHC said Sandy has begun turning west and is expected to mak emake landfall between the Delaware and New jersey Coastlines.
Widespread evacuations have been issued along coastal areas of New Jersey, New York City and Long Island as the storm surge is expected to be at least 10 feet or more. Sandy is moving slow further increasing the impact, damage, flooding and power outages expected.
LATEST FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER:
11:00 AM EDT Mon Oct 29
Location: 37.5°N 71.5°W
Moving: NNW at 18 mph
Min pressure: 943 mb
Max sustained: 90 mph
HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 175 MILES FROM THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARDS UP TO 700 MILES FROM THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION.
The Northeast portion of the nation has nearly shut down, with schools closed, government offices closed, airlines suspending service, Amtrak suspending service, mass transit suspended and many coastal roads closed or about to be closed.
Hurricane force winds are predicted to slam into Ocean City Maryland to New York's Long Island. So far Sandy has killed 60 people, plus three more are suspected to be dead after the Coast Guard had to rescue crew members from the HMS Bounty but could not find the last three.
Airlines and Mass transit trains and buses have suspended service from DC to New York City.
Norfolk- significant Delays
Dulles- no flights operating
Baltimore Washington- no flights operating
D.C.'s Reagan National-no flights operating
Groton New England- closed
Wilmington, R.I.- closed
Philadelphia- no flights operating
New York City Area Airports
Newark- no flights operating
Laguardia- no flights operating
JFK- no flights operating
Nearly all airlines are operating under a weather emergency, allowing passengers in and near affected airports to change their flights within fees or penalties.
United has suspended all flgihts and operations at its hubs, Newark and Dulles.
US Airways has suspended operations in DC Reagan National.
Delta has suspended operation at Laguardia (LGA)
American has suspended operations at JFK.
JetBlue has suspended operations at JFK
Southwest has suspended operation at Laguardia (LGA), Airtran has suspended operations at BWI.
Virgin America has suspended operations at JFK
Virgin Atlantic has suspended operations at Newark, JFK
British Airways has suspended operation at Newark, JFK
Emirates has suspended operations at JFK
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR FLIGHT IS CANCELLED
If you flight has been cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy, you will need to get re-booked into another flight. There are three basic ways to accomplish this.
First, you can try using the carrier's website or mobile app, second, talk to the customer service desk or gate agent at the airport, third, you can call the airlines reservations system.
United 1-800-467-0507 www.united.com
United's travel expections
Delta 1-800-221-1212 www.delta.com
American 1-800-433-7300 www.aa.com/homePage.do
US Airways 1-800-428-4322 www.usairways.com
Southwest 1-800-435-9792 www.southwest.com
Virgin America 1-877-359-8474 www.virginamerica.com
JetBlue 1-800-538-2583 http://www.jetblue.com/JetblueAlerts/WeatherUpdate.aspx?intcmp=global_travelalert
Air France 1-800-237-2747 www.airfrance.us
British Airways 1-800-247-9297 www.britishairways.com
Lufthansa 1-800-645-3880 www.lufthansa.com
Virgin Atlantic 1-800-821-5438 www.virgin-atlantic.com/us/en.html
If your flight was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy, you will not have to pay for any ticket change fees or re-booking fees on most airlines.
Please check back as we update this article.