Massive storm in California leads to cancellation of hundreds of flights

Published on : Saturday, February 18, 2017

storm 2Hundreds of flights have been cancelled or delayed at airports across California due to one of the strongest to have hit the state. The storm has forced evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes, causing power outages and prompting flight delays and cancellations.


A spokesperson for Southwest Airlines has told the media that the low cost carrier cancelled roughly 250 flights to and from Burbank, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, San Diego and other nearby destinations.


Delta Air Lines also issued a travel waiver for Friday and Saturday.


The latest storm, which packed heavy wind-driven rain, was mainly affecting southern California but rain was also forecast in the central part of the state up to the San Francisco Bay Area.


Residents of the city of Duarte, located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles were ordered to evacuate on Friday for mudslides and voluntary evacuation orders were issued for some residents of Camarillo Springs, north of LA. The mud and rockslides are capable of shutting down roadways.


A flight tracking website reported more than 170 cancellations at San Francisco International Airport, 105 cancellations at Los Angeles International Airport and 110 cancellations at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.


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