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Winter storm lashes US Midwest, disrupts post-Thanksgiving travel

Winter storm lashes US Midwest, disrupts post-Thanksgiving travel

DPA
New York
A winter storm caused major disruptions for travellers making their way home after Thanksgiving in the United States on Sunday.
More than 680 flights into, out of and within the US were cancelled and another 4,200 were delayed, according to the website FlightAware.
The travel chaos comes on what the industry group Airlines for America expected to be the country’s busiest day of air transit ever, with 3.1 million passengers attempting to fly. Several US airlines waived flight-change fees for people booked to travel from affected airports.
Treacherous roads are also an issue for holiday travellers, the majority of whom drive, according to the American Automobile Association. Parts of the US have been lashed with heavy rain, snow and strong winds as the storm system moved across the country.
“A major winter storm will move east today from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast,” the National Weather Service tweeted, predicting it would pack high winds, snow, ice and rain, expected to last until late Monday.
“In the West, gusty winds and heavy snow will continue in the mountains with locally heavy low level rain,” forecasters added.
The weather has been blamed for several deaths, including two children. The vehicle in which they were travelling was swept away in floods in Arizona on Saturday.

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