News / USA

Eastern US Slowly Digging Out from Blizzard

A passenger from San Francisco talks on his phone while a British Airways airplane sits motionless on the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, 27 Dec 2010
A passenger from San Francisco talks on his phone while a British Airways airplane sits motionless on the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, 27 Dec 2010

Airlines are struggling to catch up with a massive backlog of passengers, after a snowstorm in the eastern United States forced the cancelation of thousands of flights, creating long travel delays.

Frustrated travelers have been stranded for days at airports in New York and New Jersey.  

Some passengers may have to wait several more days because airlines had already booked many flights to capacity during the busy, Christmas-to-New Year's holiday season. U.S. airlines had also cut back on the number of scheduled flights during the economic downturn.  

The blizzard Sunday dumped some 60-90 centimeters of snow along the eastern seaboard. Clean-up continues in New York City and other parts of the region.

Winds up to 128 kilometers per hour left large snow drifts. Trains were stopped on snowy and icy rails, and buses and cars were stuck in snowbanks.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city is using all its resources and many more it borrowed or hired to clear its five districts. He said a lot of work remains. The mayor said there were tragedies because of the storm, as blocked roads delayed emergency vehicles, sometimes for hours.

More than 6,000 flights were canceled on Sunday and Monday.  

Some flights arriving in New York saw delays after long journeys from Asia, Europe and elsewhere.  Passengers on several flights were stuck on planes for hours at John F. Kennedy International Airport, waiting for gates to become available.

In all, six states - Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia - declared emergencies.

The storm later moved into the Canadian maritime provinces, where it dumped more snow.

While the effects of the blizzard were pronounced for travelers and businesses, most U.S. schoolchildren are on vacation during the holiday season and many adults often take time off from work as well.  Many children and adults did enjoy the snow - playing, sledding and doing other outdoor activities.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

You May Like

Mali's Female Basketball Players Rebound After Islamist Occupation

Islamist extremists ruled northern Mali for most of 2012, imposing strict Sharia law, and now some 18 months later, the region is slowly getting back on its feet More

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

Many Chinese-made products go unsold, for now, with numerous Vietnamese consumers still angry over recent dispute More

Koreas Mark 61st Anniversary of War Armistice

Muted observances on both sides of heavily-armed Demilitarized Zone that separates two decades-long enemies More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Students in Business for Themselvesi
X
Mike O'Sullivan
July 26, 2014 11:04 AM
They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
Video

Video Airline Expert: Missile will Show Signature on Debris

The debris field from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is spread over a 21-kilometer radius in eastern Ukraine. It is expected to take investigators months to sort through the airplane pieces to learn about the missile that brought down the jetliner and who fired it. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains how this work will be done.
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

AppleAndroid