What Travelers Need to Know About Spring Storms Along the East Coast
Several airlines are waiving change fees.
Spring has arrived on the East Coast, bringing with it torrential rains, the potential for hazardous flooding, and travel delays.
On Tuesday, the Weather Channel warned of flash flooding in the Raleigh, North Carolina metro area, which could flood homes and businesses and close area roads. More than 5 inches of rain had fallen in parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee by late Monday, according to the Weather Channel.
An estimated 5,000 people were still without electricity on Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press, with most of the outage condensed in and around Raleigh.
And the intense weather system isn’t done just yet as the low-pressure system is expected to slowly track up the East Coast.
Major airlines are offering waivers of the regular fees to change flights out of certain airports. Delta is allowing free changes to flights through Friday out of New York City area airports, as is United, and American's waiver expands to more of the East Coast. If you have a flight scheduled that is to, from, or through an airport on the East Coast, be sure to check with your airline on flight status and available waivers.
As Accuweather reported, the heaviest rain will move northeastward along the I-95 corridor on Tuesday. Drivers from Washington, D.C. all the way to New York City should plan accordingly and be prepared for a slower than average evening commute. The rain is not expected to taper off in the tri-state area until Wednesday morning, while those in New England will have to wait until Thursday for the rain to dissipate.
“Easterly winds can gust close to 40 mph along the New Jersey coast,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines said in a post. “Tuesday will be a blustery and soggy day for much of the Northeast’s I-95 corridor. The combination of rain and a raw wind will make it feel more like early March than late April.”
On Tuesday morning, Raleigh-Durham International Airport reported that flights destined to Newark International Airport in New Jersey are currently experiencing delays averaging 2 hours and 12 minutes. Flights destined to La Guardia Airport in New York are also experiencing delays in excess of 2 hours, while flights destined to Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania are experiencing a nearly one hour delay.
On a positive note hopefully the old adage rings true and this April showers will bring us all spectacular May flowers.