Flying to New York, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham?

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Navy dockyard in Norfolk, Va

Norfolk's navy base in quieter times!

If you are then be prepared for delays and cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy. Contrary to some news reports on Sunday not all airports have closed down. Boston has some flights but you do need to check.
So if you were planning to fly from any in the UK and Ireland to the north eastern area of the US then chances are you won’t be doing so on Monday or Tuesday but check with your airline. Those airlines that fly directly into US airports from here that will be affected are Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, United and US Airways with flights into either of the two New York airports, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and Boston. If you are flying into other airports in the north east via a hub then you’ll be affected too.
Television pictures have already shown some flooding in Norfolk, Virginia.
It looks as though there will be flight disruption until Wednesday. It may last longer depending on what happens. The New York subway closed about five hours ago as did the Metro in Washington DC. New Jersey’s PATH (the local transit into Manhattan) just over an hour ago. Amtrak has also suspended its train services in the area
If you or friends are on cruises this half term then the harbour in New York is closed, cruise ships have gone to sea to find calmer waters and Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas will start docked in Boston until tomorrow. Despite it being out of the path of Sandy, Cape Canaveral in Florida has been affected and the Monarch of the Seas sailed later than scheduled due to high winds.
For those of you with relations and friends who have gone to the eastern side of the US for half-term and are wondering whether they will be able to return at the end of the week it is much too early to tell. It seems that Wednesday – after Sandy passes over – will be the first day to judge that.
In the meantime, most affected Americans will be hoping that the weather people have got this call very wrong indeed.

UPDATE: 30-10-2012 07.50
The storm seems to have peaked and some taxis are out meaning many roads are passable. But there is flooding in New York and parts of New Jersey. Flights will still be suspended for most of the day as the clean up begins. Flights from the UK to the north east of the US are still cancelled for today in the main. Check with you airline if you are flying or welcoming travellers home tomorrow morning.

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