Saturday, 19 December 2009
The Winter Storm!
A winter storm warning was in effect for the Washington area until 6 a.m. Sunday. Blizzard warnings were issued for New York's Long Island and parts of southern New England with forecasters predicting whiteout conditions due to high winds. ... The storm also affected rail service. Passengers aboard an Amtrak train that originated in New Orleans on Friday morning sat outside Alexandria, Virginia, for more than five hours Saturday afternoon. The train had full power.
Flights Canceled at New York Airports | 5:25 p.m.
Even before the heavy snow arrived in New York, hundreds of flights from New York-area airports were canceled, my colleague Karen Zraick reported. More than 350 flights were canceled at Newark International Airport and 200 each at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, according a spokesman from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
In New York City, the Department of Sanitation had 4,000 employees working 12-hour shifts until Sunday morning. They equipped over 2,000 vehicles with plows and sent out a fleet of trucks to spew 200,000 tons of rock salt onto streets and highways.
New Jersey Transit buses south of Trenton were experiencing delays of up to an hour; a shuttle from New York to Atlantic City and buses in Camden were over an hour behind schedule.
In the Brooklyn headquarters of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, representatives from the police and fire departments, the Red Cross and other city agencies huddled in a third-floor “situation room” to monitor the storm and coordinate their responses.