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Storm slows Thanskgiving getaway

Joe Torres reports from Sloatsburg.
November 27, 2013 3:21:53 PM PST
The holiday getaway has been slow-going, but not terrible thanks to the stormy weather.

Penn Station was busy all day with people heading out of town, but no major issues have been reports.

New York's 3 major airports reported some delays, but not a huge number of cancellations.

The wind-driven rain storm made driving hazardous, but the conditions didn't cause the all-out gridlock many had feared.

Many travelers marveled at how orderly and anxiety-free the airports were during what is typically one of the busiest days of the year.

By midday Wednesday, around 250 flights to, from or within the U.S. had been canceled, according to the tracking website FlightAware.com. But that was a small fraction of the thousands of planes airborne over the U.S. at any given moment. Most of the cancellations involved Newark, LaGuardia and Philadelphia.

The longest delays affected Philadelphia-bound flights, which were being held at their points of origin for an average of about two hours because of the weather, according to the website.

The Philadelphia area was under a flood watch, with 2 to 3 inches of rain forecast before falling temperatures turn precipitation to snow.

Roads there were snarled. A multi-vehicle crash closed the westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway for a while, and the eastbound lanes were closed temporarily because of flooding.

For the most part, though, the storm wasn't as bad as feared.

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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