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Transatlantic flights affected by storm on US east coast

The airline said that people due to depart Boston or New York today or tomorrow can rebook their flights on certain dates at no extra charge.

This image made available by NOAA shows storm systems over the eastern half of the United States on Thursday
This image made available by NOAA shows storm systems over the eastern half of the United States on Thursday
Image: AP Photo/NOAA

TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHTS WILL be disrupted for the next two days due to severe weather conditions in the USA.

Aer Lingus said today that a storm moving up the east coast of the USA, plus blizzard warnings for Boston and New York, will impact on flights today and tomorrow.

The airline said that it will “closely monitor” the track of the storm and keep customers updated online.

Domestic flight schedules and ground transportation will also be affected, said Aer Lingus, so it recommends customers contact their local connecting carrier and check local news for updates.

Travellers that have reservations to depart Boston or New York today or tomorrow can rebook their travel from between Sunday 10 February – Wednesday 13 February at no additional charge, said Aer Lingus.

Storm

The storm is expected to dump up to two feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond from today, and could be record-breaking.

Before the first snowflake had fallen, Boston, Providence, Rhode Island, Hartford, Connecticut, and other New England cities cancelled school today, and airlines scratched more than 2,600 flights through Saturday, with the disruptions from the blizzard certain to ripple across the US.

Alan Dunham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts, said:

This one doesn’t come along every day. This is going to be a dangerous winter storm. Wherever you need to get to, get there by Friday afternoon and don’t plan on leaving.

Wind gusts could reach 75 mph. Widespread power failures were feared, along with flooding in coastal areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in October.

Boston could get more than two feet of snow, while New York City was expecting 10 to 12 inches. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said plows and 250,000 tons of salt were being put on standby. To the south, Philadelphia was looking at a possible 4 to 6 inches.

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