rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » News » Blizzard leaves thousands stranded across US

Blizzard leaves thousands stranded across US

Last updated on: December 28, 2010 15:12 IST

Blizzard leaves thousands stranded across US

     Next

Next

Thousands of travellers, including Indian-Americans, were stranded at airports across the US as a fierce snow storm lashed towns and cities, leaving a large number of people in the country without power in the freezing cold.

Travel plans of a large number of Indian-Americans, who wished to go back home during the holiday season, were affected as many flights had been cancelled from key airport hubs like New York and Newark.

More than 50,000 flights had been cancelled in the past few days, with six states declaring a state of emergency and more than half of America was reportedly under snow cover.

Even as the John F Kennedy Airport reopened on Monday after a few days of shutdown, officials said it would take days before the backlog is cleared.


Image: Passengers stranded at JFK International Airport
Photographs: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters
     Next

'Everyone was on the floor all night'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next
"Business class, first class, everyone was on the floor all night," Mumbai-bound Queens resident Natalie Mohanty told The Wall Street Journal.

After she spent the night on the floor at JFK airport, her airline finally bused her to a room at the Holiday Inn in Maspeth in New York.

Besides the JFK, other airports in the region that were hit by the blizzard were Newark, Buffalo, Boston and Philadelphia.

More than 1,700 overseas travellers, including many India-bound, were stranded at the Chicago airport last evening.

Authorities said the airport is making special arrangements to help passengers rushing to make connections avoid delays.

More than 500 flight were cancelled on Monday, in and out of Newark Liberty International Airport, which flies several flights a day to various Indian cities.

Image: Gary Hershorn/Reuters
Photographs: People walk past a line of cars buried in snow in Hoboken, New Jersey
Prev     Next

Indian-Americans were stranded at the airports

Prev     Next
Prev

Next
The disruption is mainly due to the massive three-day snow storm that buried major parts of the East Coast.

In Elizabeth, New Jersey residents were digging out 31.8 inches of snow. A state of emergency was declared in New Jersey, which has a sizeable population of Indian-Americans.

The New York Times reported that it was New York City's sixth largest snowfall, accompanied by winds that gusted over 65 miles an hour.

However, the biggest snow accumulations in the area were in New Jersey, with 32 inches in Rahway, 31.8 inches in Elizabeth; a neighbourhood that houses a significant number of Indian-Americans.

Image: A board lists cancelled flights at JFK International Airport in New York
Photographs: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters
Prev     Next

Grim tales of people snowbound for hours

Prev     More
Prev

More
Boston was another major American city to be badly hit by the blizzard. Tens of thousands of people remained without power as the storm dumped 18.2 inches of snow in Boston.

"Travellers were stranded from San Francisco to Syracuse, NY, because flights to and from the East Coast were cancelled and airlines weren't able to find seats for them on future flights, which were already booked solid ahead of New Year's weekend. Some fliers could face days-long waits for seats," The Wall Street Journal said.

The New York Times said roads remained glazed and city streets choked with snow. Subways and buses ran sporadically and power was still out for thousands. Business was bad and there were grim tales of people snowbound for hours in cars, buses and trains.

Image: The frozen Potomac River is blanketed with snow in Washington
Photographs: Hyungwon Kang/Reuters
Prev     More
© Copyright 2014 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.