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Northeast blizzard continues to affect South Florida airports

Historic blizzard named Juno causes about 7,000 flight cancellations

Published On: Jan 27 2015 11:20:28 AM EST   Updated  2 h

Courtesy of Broward County Aviation Department

Dozens of planes line up at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Tuesday.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

Dozens of planes lined up at South Florida airports with nowhere to go, as a howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston Tuesday. 

The blizzard hit the eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island Tuesday with wind gusts topping 75 miles per hour. It failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and New York City, which canceled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions.

The leftover cancellations caused ripple effects for travelers worldwide. The travel ban issued Monday was no longer in effect in New York. Bans in Connecticut, Massachusetts, parts of Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Maine were still in effect Tuesday morning.

The travel bans were a headache for many in South Florida. Melissa Davey remained positive early Tuesday morning. She was at Miami International Airport and said she won't be able to fly to  Boston until Thursday.

"Luckily we have friends in Delray Beach, so we are going to rent a car and drive to Delray and continue our vacation," Davey said.

The weather is beautiful in South Florida. But not everyone was able to enjoy it. At MIA, dozens of people camped out on the fourth floor of the American Airlines section.

LIVE UPDATES: FLIGHT TRACKERS

The cities affected were New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, Charlotte, North Carolina, Chicago, and Hartford.

FLIGHT INFORMATION AT MIA

FLIGHT INFORMATION AT FLL

There were 96 flights cancelled at MIA Tuesday morning, according to Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesman Greg Chin.

There were 112 cancellations and 20 delays at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport early Tuesday morning, according to Broward County Aviation Department spokesman Gregory Meyer.

"Airlines have parked 25 aircraft at FLL, while they wait for the storm to pass," Meyer said.

Travelers urged to be patient

BACKS TO THE BLIZZARD OF 2015. THE MASSIVE STORM IS HAVING A MAJOR IMPACT ON TRAVEL NATIONWIDE. MORE THAN 400,000 PASSENGERS ARE AFFECTED BY THE THOUSANDS OF CANCELED FLIGHTS. KAREN TRAVERS HAS THE LATEST DETAILS FROM WASHINGTON. Reporter: THIS MASSIVE STORM IS MOVING OUT BUT ITS IMPACT COULD BE FELT ALL WEEK. WE DO EXPECT THERE TO BE CANCELLATIONS AND DELAYS OVER THE NEXT TWO TO THREE DAYS IF NOT EVEN LONGER. Reporter: THIS IS A LIVE FLIGHT MAP USUALLY SHOWING HEAVY AIR TRAFFIC. BUT NOW EMPTY SKIES OVER MUCH OF THE NORTHEAST. AND THE TRAVEL WOES EXTEND ALL THE WAY TO THE WEST COAST LEAVING PASSENGERS FRUSTRATED. WE HAD A 3:00 FLIGHT OUT OF HERE AND NOW WE ARE FINDING OUT THAT ALL FLIGHTS ARE CANCELED AND WE ARE NOT GOING HOME FOR ANOTHER TWO DAYS. Reporter: AND STRANDED. I'M TRYING TO GO TO NEWARK. HE HAVE BEEN FLYING 12 HOURS. Reporter: THOUSANDS OF FLIGHTS CANCELED, NEARLY HALF A MILLION PASSENGERS AFFECTED. CALL YOUR CARRIERS IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON LEAVING TOMORROW WHEN THE ROADS HAVE BEEN REOPENED WHENEVER THAT TIME IS. Reporter: THE SNOW TOTALS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AS HIGH AS EXPECTED IN PARTS OF NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK BUT IT WAS THE HIGH WINDS THAT LED AIRLINES TO CANCEL MOST FLIGHTS IN AND OUT OF THE NORTHEAST. WITH THE TRAVEL BAN IN PLACE IN NEW YORK THESE STRANDED PASSENGERS COULDN'T LEAVE THE AIRPORT. AT PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CUTS FOR TRAVELERS GOT STUCK AND LUCKY FOLKS ABLE TO GET HOTEL ROOMS. IF THIS PUSHES BEYOND ME GETTING ON THE FLIGHT BY THURSDAY MORNING, I WILL NOT BE A HAPPY CAMPER. THE IMPACTED AIRPORTS ARE EXPECTED TO REOPEN TOMORROW AND THINGS SHOULD START GETTING BACK TO NORMAL. BUT EXPERTS ARE WARNING TRAVELERS TO BE PATIENT.

FLL morning report

LET'S PRETEND YOU'RE HERE, YOU'RE TRYING TO LEAVE. WHAT DO YOU DO RIGHT NOW? Reporter: IF YOU'RE TRYING TO GET HOME, UP TO THE NORTHEAST, YOU'RE REALLY THOUGHT GOING TO HAVE MUCH LUCK. WE ARE MONITORING FLIGHTS. I CAN TELL YOU THE STATUS IS CHANGING BY THE MINUTE WITH MORE AND MORE FLIGHTS GETTING CANCELED. AS OF LAST NIGHT 70 FLIGHTS WERE CANCELED AND ANOTHER 73 DELAYED. MOST OF THE FLIGHTS WERE TO THE NORTHEAST WITH MOST OF THE MAJOR CITIES LIKE NEW YORK CITY AND BOSTON. DELTA STARTED CANCELING FLIGHTS A FEW DAYS EARLIER SO PASSENGER COULD SEE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS. HUNDREDS OF PASSENGERS ARE SCRAMBLING TRYING TO FIND A WAY HOME OR FIND HOTELS TO STAY AT. NATIONWIDE MORE THAN 3,000 FLIGHTS WERE CANCELED. THE WORST OF THIS WEATHER HIT LATE LAST NIGHT AND INTO THIS MORNING. I ACTUALLY CHECKED THE LATEST ON THOSE FLIGHTS ABOUT FIVE MINUTES BEFORE COMING ON-LINE AND THESE ARE THE LATEST NUMBERS HERE AT HOLLYWOOD-FT. LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, SO FAR 20 ARRIVING FLIGHTS CANCELED AND ANOTHER 31 FLIGHTS DEPARTING CANCELED AGAIN. THOSE NUMBERS KEEP CHANGING, NOT TO MENTION ALL THOSE FLIGHTS GETTING DELAYED. SO IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON FLYING OUT, YOUR BEST BET IS TO CHECK YOUR FLIGHT STATUS BEFORE HEADING TO THE AIRPORT. OF COURSE WE WILL BRING YOU ALL THE LATEST AS WE GET IT. REPORTING LIVE FROM FT. LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, JENISE FERNANDEZ, LOCAL 10 NEWS. IF YOU'RE FLYING OUT OF MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT THERE ARE 31

MIA morning report

AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. WHAT'S THE LATEST ON THE CANCELLATIONS THERE? Reporter: GOOD MORNING, ERIC. WE'RE SEEING EVEN MORE CANCELLATIONED TODAY. WE HAVE TWO FLIGHTS TO BOSTON CANCELED. WE COME OVER HERE, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS CANCELED. PHILLY TO MORE FLIGHTS CANCELED OVER THERE. SO WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS DOZENS OF TRAVELERS, A LOT OF THEM HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA FOR VACATION AND NOW THEY ARE EXTENDING THEIR TRIPS BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET HOME. FROM NEW YORK TO SOUTH FLORIDA THIS MASSIVE BLIZZARD CAUSING A TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE. PLANES GROUNDED. TERMINALS TURNED INTO MAKE-SHIFT HOTELS WHILE THE NORTHEAST DEALS WITH WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS. I HAVE TO RESCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE DOING UNTIL THURSDAY? LUCKILY WE HAVE FRIENDS IN DELRAY BEACH SO WE'RE GOING TO RENT A CAR AND DRIVE TO DELRAY BEACH AND CONTINUE OUR VACATION I GUESS. Reporter: GETTING TO SOUTH FLORIDA WAS ALSO A HEADACHE. DOUG WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES. HE MADE ONE OF THE LAST FLIGHTS OUT OF PHILADELPHIA ARRIVING AT MIA. THE KIND OF WEATHER THAT'S GOING TO GET ME A DIVORCE FOR LEAVING FOR WORK, SO ANYWHERE BETWEEN 12 AND 14 INCHES. Reporter: WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS SINCE YESTERDAY. HERE'S MIA WE KNOW 21 ARRIVALS HAVE BEEN CANCELED AND WE COMPARE THAT TO 30 DEPARTURES THAT HAVE BEEN CANCELED. A LOT OF PASSENGERS FRUSTRATED. SOME HERE FOR WORK, SOME HERE FOR PLEASURE BUT

Blizzard spares New York

AND HAS MUCH MORE FOR US. RIGHT NOW, HOW ARE THE CONDITIONS THERE, LANA? HERE IN NEW YORK MANY PEOPLE ARE ASKING WHERE WAS THAT BLIZZARD OF 2015? YOU SEE THE STORM'S TRUE BRUTALITY YOU HAVE TO LOOK NORTH. Reporter: MILLIONS ARE STILL AFFECTED BY THIS STORM THAT RAGED THROUGH NEW ENGLAND. LOOK AT THIS PHOTO FROM SPACE AND YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE MAGNITUDE OF THIS STORM, ALMOST HALF OF NAN TUCKET IS WITHOUT POWER. AREAS OF MASSACHUSETTS, CONNECTICUT AND LONG ISLAND AND NEW YORK BLANKETED BY 20 INCHES OR MORE. THE STORM ALSO BROUGHT OUT SOME UNUSUAL IMAGES. OUTSIDE OF BOSTON A YETTI WAS ON THE PROWL. OUR ROB MARCIANO MET ONE BUSINESS TRAVELER WHO FORGOT TO PACK HIS COAT. WHERE ARE YOU HEADED? TO THE OFFICE. Reporter: HERE IN AMERICA'S BUSIEST SKITE AT A STOP. THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY CLOSED. I CAUGHT ONE OF THE LAST TRAINS LAST NIGHT. USUALLY IT IS TEAMING WITH PEOPLE AND IT IS EMPTY. Reporter: THE GOVERNOR IS NOT BACKING DOWN FROM HIS DECISION TO SHUT DOWN SO MUCH OF THE STATE. YOU ACT ON THE INFORMATION THAT YOU HAVE AT THE TIME. THE ROADS WERE EMPTY, WE COULD ACTUALLY PLOW THE ROADS. Reporter: CONNE CONNECTICUT'S GOVERNOR GLAD FOR THE ACTION. WE ONLY HAD 11 ACCIDENTS ON THE HIGHWAY SYSTEM AND ONE MINOR INJURY. THAT'S SPECTACULAR. ONE PERSON WHO IS APOLOGIZING TODAY AND GETTING A LOT OF BUZZ FOR IT, A METEOROLOGIST IN NEW JERSEY. HE SAID YOU EXPECTED US TO GET IT RIGHT, WE DIDN'T.

Reporters brave blizzard

BUT FOR THOSE ON ASSIGNMENT DURING BLIZZARD 2015 IT IS NO EASY TASK. Reporter: ALL ACROSS THE NORTHEAST UNITED STATES, RESIDENTSES ARE TAKING COVER FROM BLIZZARD 2015. REPORTING LIVE FROM NASSAU, COUNTY. Reporter: THE REPORTERS ON ASSIGNMENT ARE RIGHT IN THE THICK OF IT. IT IS COLD AND I HAVE HAD A LOT OF SNOW BLOWN INTO MY FACE. Reporter: FROM RAIN AND SNOW TO EVERYONE'S FAVORITE. THE THING WE FOUNT MOST DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH ARE THE BIG WIND GUSTS, TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND GUSTS. Reporter: ALTHOUGH THEY STAY POISED THERE IS NO JACKET THICK ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH MOTHER NATURE'S WRATH. VERY STRONG WINDS AND THAT HAS JUST BEEN BLOWING SNOW. A LOT OF SNOW HAS FALLEN. Reporter: LIKE MOST SEVERE WEATHER SCENARIOS THEY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO GRIN AND BEAR IT. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ARE DEFINITELY HEEDING THE GOVERNOR'S WARNING. NOW AS THE STORM CLEARS, HOPEFULLY SOME OF THESE GUYS WILL GET A DAY OR TWO TO THAW

Weather Authority report on blizzard

TIME AGO ON A RUNWAY. A BEAUTIFUL DAY HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA. TOTALLY DIFFERENT FOR US OUT HERE ALTHOUGH COLD WE'VE GOT OUR LONG SLEEVES, SWEATERS ON BUT THE STORM IT WASN'T AS BAD AS PREDICTED. NOT AS BAD FOR OUR FRIENDS IN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK BUT THE WORST IS CONTINUING FOR OUR FRIENDS IN BOSTON AND NORTH OF THAT AREA. MAINE GETTING SLAMMED AGAIN. WE HAVE HEAT FEETER BANDS WRAPPING AROUND THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE WESTERN ATLANTIC. I TALKED ABOUT IT THIS MORNING. FEEDER BANDS ARE WHAT WE DEAL WITH TROPICAL STORM CALLED RAIN BANDS. THEY HAVE SNOW BANDS THIS AFTERNOON AND THEY HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH IT CONSISTENTLY THE LAST 12 TO 16 HOURS. IT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THE WORSE WEATHER IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY BUT DID SEE SNOW. WINDS NOT STRONG AS WHAT THEY EXPECTED QUALIFIED AS A BLIZZARD FOR THREE HOURS. WE ARE SEEING WHERE THE BLIZZARD IS STILL AFFECTING MOST OF THE NORTHEAST. AGAIN BOSTON, PORTLAND, MAINE, THEY ARE DEALING WITH HEAVY SNOW WRAPPING AROUND THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE AND GUSTY WINDS AND FRIGID TEMPERATURES. CHECK IT OUT. 24 DEGREES IN NEW YORK, 15 IN BOSTON, 13 IN ALBANY. THIS ISN'T EVEN WHAT IT FEELS LIKE. THIS IS THE ACTUAL AIR TEMPERATURE AND FEELS COLDER TO THE SKIN. THEY ARE NOT DONE YET. THERE WILL BE MORE SNOW TODAY AND LATER INTO TONIGHT. FOR BOSTON THE WORST OF THE STORM JUST STAYED NORTH OF NEW YORK. IT STAYED FAR AWAY FROM US. I'M HAPPY TO SHOW YOU THIS BEAUTIFUL SHOT FROM OUR HOLLYWOOD BEACH CAM. ALL IS QUIET, DRY, COOL, COMFORTABLE.

Julie Durda's S. Fla. forecast

WANT TO HEAD TO THE BEACH, A LIT CHILLY BUT ENJOY THE SUNSHINE. THE SEAS ARE ROUGH. WE FINISH OFF THE DAY WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWER 70s, COOL AND WINDY AND TEMPERATURES WILL DROP DOWN TO THE 50s TONIGHT. LOWER 50s INLAND, MID 50s NEAR THE COAST.

Total accumulation was expected to reach or exceed two feet in most of Massachusetts, potentially making it one of the top snowstorms of all time. The National Weather Service said a wind gust of 78 miles per hour was reported on Nantucket, and a 72 miles per hour gust was reported in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard.

Coastal residents braced for a powerful storm surge and the possibility of damaging flooding and beach erosion, particularly on Cape Cod.

"It's part of living here," said Steve Berlo, who has an oceanfront home in Scituate, Massachusetts. "When the water comes, you get out of the way, and when it goes, you see what it left you. Like we always say, five days a year it sucks to live here, but the rest of the year it's good."

Maine and New Hampshire each declared a state of emergency, and government offices in both states were closed Tuesday. Cities in eastern Connecticut including Norwich and Groton had accumulated more than a foot of snow. Providence, Rhode Island, reported 10 inches of snow early Tuesday.

Parts of Long Island also experienced a blizzard, with snow falling 2 inches per hour. Mattituck in Suffolk County had topped 2 feet of snow by Tuesday morning.

A 17-year-old boy snow-tubing with friends was killed when he crashed into a light pole and died Monday night amid moderate to heavy snow and gusty winds.

"It feels like a hurricane with snow," said Maureen Keller, who works at Gurney's, an oceanfront resort in Montauk.

Sections of New York were forecast to see 10 to 20 inches of snow, and a 60-mile stretch of the New York Thruway reopened after being shut down for about nine hours.

But as the storm system spun northward, conditions improved quickly from southwest to northeast. Travel bans were lifted by mid-morning in New Jersey and New York. New York City buses, subways and trains were expected to restart later in the morning, and a return to a full schedule was expected Wednesday.

The National Weather Service over the weekend had issued a blizzard warning for a 250-mile swath of the region, meaning heavy, blowing snow and potential whiteout conditions.

But some areas in the Northeast escaped the brunt of the storm. In southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, where a foot or more of snow had been forecast, residents dealt with just 3 to 5 inches, which proved to be more annoying than life-altering.

On Monday, some cities came to a near halt as officials ordered workers to go home early, banned travel, closed bridges and tunnels and assembled their biggest plowing crews. Light snow fell steadily early Tuesday in midtown Manhattan as a few municipal trucks rumbled down empty streets.

La Guardia International Airport recorded 11 inches of snow, and Central Park was blanketed with almost 8 inches. The city had an almost eerie, post 9/11 feel to it: no airplanes in the sky. An unexpected quiet.

More than 7,700 flights in and out of the Northeast were canceled, and many of them might not take off again until Wednesday.

Schools and businesses let out early. Government offices closed. Shoppers stocking up on food jammed supermarkets and elbowed one another for what was left. Broadway stages went dark. On Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange operated normally. Through mid-morning, utility companies across the region reported minimal power outages.

Brandon Bhajan, a security guard at a West 33rd Street building, said the situation early Tuesday was better than expected.

"We expected a lot more accumulation," Bhajan said. "I feel like the wind is more of the problem than the actual snowfall. It's rough to walk and it's very, very cold.

"I don't think they (city) over blew it. I think it's like the situation with Ebola ... if you over-cover, people are ready and prepared rather than not giving it the attention it needs."

Northeast blizzard continues to cause flight cancellations Tuesday morning

'Snowmageddon' causes ripple effect at airports nationwide

Published On: Jan 26 2015 11:59:45 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 26 2015 11:37:00 PM EST

Delays, cancelations brought on by Northeast blizzard

BOB, STAY WARM, AND STAY SAVE. 400 NATIONAL GUARD, IT'S INCREDIBLE. THIS BLIZZARD TO OUR NORTH, LEAVING TRAVELERS STRANDED. LOCAL 10 NEWS REPORTER LIVE AT M,I WITH MORE ON THE DELAYS. AND Z THE CANCELLATIONS. THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM THAT WILL BE SOLVED ANY TIME SOON. IT WILL TAKE A COUPLE OF DAYS TO CATCH UP TO ALL OF THESE FLIGHTS ON TOP OF THAT, THE FLIGHTS KEEP GETTING CANCELS. ALMOST EVERY PASSENGER, THEY CAN'T FIND A HOTEL, BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM ARE COMPLETELY BOOKED. SO THEY ARE TRYING TO FIND SOME PLACES AROUND THE AIRPORT TO GET SOME SHUT EYE. FOR TRAVELERS WITH PLANS TO HEAD ALMOST ANYWHERE IN THE NORTHEAST RIGHT NOW, THINGS AREN'T LOOKING GOOD AT MIA. I DON'T THINK IT IS HAPPENING UNTIL ABOUT THURSDAY. I WILL HAVE TO RESCHEDULE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING UNTIL THURSDAY? LUCKILY WE HAVE FRIENDS IN DELRAY BEACH. SO WE WITH ARE RENTING A CAR AND DRIVING THERE. SOME TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS MONSTER STORM, MOTHER NATURE IS THROWING AT THE REGION, FORCING DOZENS OF CANCELED FLIGHTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND EVEN NOR SEVERE DELAYS HERE AT HOME. NEW YORK, PHILADELPHIA, BOSTON, ALL FEELING THE FREEZE OF POTENTIALLY HISTORIC BLIZZARD. STRANDING MR. IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO, OTHER THAN JUST KEEP CALLING. GETTING TO SOUTH FLORIDA IS ALSO PROVING JUST AS TRICKY. DOUG TEBOW MADE ONE OF THE LAST FLIGHTS ARRIVING AT M.I.A. AT 7:00 P.M. IT IS BETWEEN 11 AND 2:00 A.M., IS THE KIND OF WEATHER THAT WILL GET ME A DIVORCE FOR LEAVING FOR WORK. SO ANYWHERE BETWEEN SIX AND 14 INCHES. FT. LAUDERDALE ALSO DEALING WITH DOZENS OF DELAYS, SOME HOPING TO GET NORTH SOONER RATHER THAN LATER, TO CHECK ON FAMILY AND PROPERTY, RIDING OUT THIS ICY STORM. I AM TRYING TO STAY ON THE PHONE, AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT IS GOINGEN O, BOOTLESS A LOT OF SNOW. SO WE WITH HAVE 42 CANCELED FLIGHTS SO FAR. BETWEEN THE TWO, WE HAVE SEEN MORE THAN 100 VERY SEVERE

MIAMI -

Hundreds of travelers were scrambling Tuesday  in South Florida, after dozens of flights were canceled at Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

A spokesman for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport says Tuesday morning, 112 flights were canceled and 20 flights were delayed.

At Miami International Airport Tuesday, we found 34 flights were canceled. 

The Northeast was bracing for a storm that is throwing off travel plans not only in South Florida, but around the nation. More than 3,000 flights have already been canceled.

The major U.S. airlines are offering fee-free re-booking of flights to and from the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday.  Ishaan Sadhwani, a college student, was headed to New York City Monday. He made some plan changes in anticipation of the Northeast blizzard. 

"I actually changed my flight twice," Sadhwani said. "Originally , I was supposed to go at night and I changed it to 3, but after hearing all the news, I changed it to the 8 a.m. flight."

A potentially "historic and destructive" blizzard is expected to plow through New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts -- including New York City and Boston -- Monday and Tuesday.

Forecasts call for between up to three feet of snow in those cities through Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service describes the storm as a "crippling and potentially historic blizzard" that could bring up to 3 feet of snow, heavy winds, widespread power outages and epic travel difficulties.

"I'm trying to get back home, back to work, back to the family," said Larry, who did not want to give his last name. "I don't think this [flight] is happening until about Thursday."

While the worst of the weather isn't expected to hit until late Monday into Tuesday, more than 2,100 flights already have been canceled for Monday and more than 1,900 for Tuesday, Flightaware.com reported.

Reporting from MIA - 4 p.m.

HEADACHE FOR TRAVELERS EVEN HERE IN THE SUNSHINE WHO ARE NOW "FROZEN" IN PLACE. Janine Stanwood: LOCAL10'S ANDREW PEREZ LIVE AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE DOZENS OF FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN COMPANIES ANDREW, HOW DOES IT LOOK? Reporter: WELL, I MEAN, PEOPLE RIGHT NOW, THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON. THE NORTHEAST IS PRETTY MUCH SHUTTING DOWN PLAS TRANSIT, THAT INCLUDES AIRPORTS. IF YOU TAKE A WALK THIS SAYS IT ALL, CANCELLED, CANCELLED, CANCELLED ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE BOARD. WE'RE RIGHT NEXT TO EYE LINE RIGHT DOWN THERE. A LOT OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY'RE GOING TO GET HOME RIGHT NOW. TAKE A LOOK AT SOME VIDEO WE SHOT A SHORT TIME AGO. DOZENS OF CANCELLATIONS A MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. MANY PEOPLE WE SPOKE WITH SAID THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT THIS WAS GOING ON UNTIL THEY ACTUALLY GOT HERE TO THE AIRPORT, WHICH IS WHY THEY'RE ALWAYS TELLING YOU SHOULD CHECK AHEAD, YA'LL ARE AIRLINE AS WELL LIFE. PEOPLE TRYING TO CALL TO BOSTON, NEW YORK, PHILADELPHIA. AMERICAN AIRLINE CALLED ME ON MY PHONE AND TOLD ME THAT THE FLIGHTS WERE EXPANDED MY FAMILY WAS CALLING ME FROM UP NORTHY BASICALLY TELLING ME I'M NOT GETTING UP THERE TODAY. HERE I AM TRYING TO REBOOK. WHEN I SPOKE THE THEM ON THE PHONE THEY SAID THURSDAY, WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO THURSDAY THE EARLIEST. Reporter: AND IT'S A SIMILAR STORY THAT WE'RE SEEING AT FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT AS WELL. AGAIN, THESE ARE MAINLY AFFECTING PEOPLE FRYING TO FLY TO BOSTON TO NEW YORK TO PHILADELPHIA, A LOT OF CANCELLED FLIGHTS. ACTUALLY I HAVE SOME NUMBERS FOR YOU RIGHT NOW. FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT HAS 66 CANCELLATIONS TODAY, 55 DELAYS. MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 43 CANCELLATIONS, 76 DELAYS. GOES TO SHOW YOU BACK OUT LIVE THAT THIS HAS THIS RIPPLE EFFECT. MIAMI, SOUTH FLORIDA SUCH A BIG HUB FOR SO MANY OTHER CITIES. LIGHT OF PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED. TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THEY TO GO A HOTEL OR STAY AT THE AIRPORT OVERNIGHT WE'RE GOING TO


Reporting from New York

CITY. Reporter: HI. GOOD AFTERNOON. YOU CAN SEE WE ALREADY HAVE SOME ACCUMULATION BUT THIS IS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT'S AHEAD. A SURGEON HAS ALREADY BEEN DECLARED IN MASSACHUSETTS -- A STATE OF EMERGENCY, CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY. THE FLAKES ALREADY FALLING AND IF WORST IS YET TO COME. IT IS A SERIOUS BLIZZARD, IT SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. Reporter: FROM PHILADELPHIA THROUGH NEW ENGLAND, THIS MASSIVE BLIZZARD IS EXPECTED TO BRING UP TO SEVERAL FEET OF SNOW SUBLIME HOPING FOR LESS BUT I I THINK WE'RE REALLY GOING TO GET HAMMERED. Reporter: AND THE KEY CONCERN THE WIND WITH GUSTS EXPECTED TO BE ABOVE 50 MILES AN HOUR BRINGING WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR WYATT SPREAD POWER OUTAGES. THIS IS MOST LIKELY BE ONE OF THE LARGEST BYRDS BLIZZARDS IN THE HISTORY NEW YORK CITY. Reporter: MASS TRANSIT WILL SHOW DOWN AND OM SALT TRUCKS AND PLOW BE WILL BE ALLOWED ON ROADS TONIGHT. ALSO IN PREPARATION LOTS OF CANCELLATIONS FROM FLIGHTS TO VOTES ON CAPITOL HILL AND NBA GAMES BEING POSTPONED. AND WITH SO MANY SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES BEING CLOSED TOMORROW, NOW THE LAST-MINUTE LINES. WHO WANTS WHO THE CHOCOLATE HERE? Reporter: AND THIS SCRAMBLE TO STOCK UP AHEAD OF THE STORM? YOU SHOULD STAY HOME IF YOU CAN. YOU SHOULD ONLY GO OUT IN THE CASE OF AN ABSOLUTE EMERGENCY. Reporter: AND THE WORST OF THE BLIZZARD IS EXPECTED TO START HERE AROUND TURKS TONIGHT AND CONTINUE UNTIL 10:00 TOMORROW MORNING WITH ABOUT 2 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW FALLING IN SOME

Betty Davis' forecast - 6 p.m.

KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS BUCKLING IN FOR THIS MONSTER SNOWSTORM. Meteorologist: HEY, EVERYONE. THIS SNOWSTORM IS JUST GETTING STARTED NORTHEAST. YOU CAN SEE HOW THE CONDITIONS ARE DETERIORATING AS THAT SNOW IS COMING DOWN IN BOSTON, NEW YORK CITY AND PHILY. ADD TO THAT ALL THE WIND ENERGY. WINDS SUSTAINED IN THE BIG CITY TO ABOUT 20 MUST MILES AN HOUR. YOU KNOW THERE ARE HIGHER GUSTS THAN THAT. IN FACT, AT THE HEIGHT OF THIS STORM TUESDAY MORNING THERE COULD BE WINDS AROUND NEW YORKIE AND AND LONG ISLAND BEYOND 50 MILES AN HOUR. BOSTON AND THE CAPE, HOW ABOUT 70-MUST-MILE-AN-HOUR WIND GUSTS. YES, HURRICANE FORCE WINDS STARTS AT 74 MILES AN HOUR. SO THIS WILL BE QUITE THE SYSTEM WORKINGOVER THIS AREA. IT IS THE WIND DRIVING THE SNOW. THAT WILL MAKE FOR BLINDING CONDITIONS, THUS THE BLIZZARD WARNINGS IN FULL EFFECT. AND THIS FORECAST MODEL SHOWING BOSTON AND PATERNO BY WEDNESDAY MORNING AS MUCH AS 16 INCHES OF SNOW. I -- AND PORTLAND. I WANT THOSE NUMBERS OF DISCOVERY PRESIDENTS SOME OF THE THE WEATHER OFFICES OUT OF OF THE NORTHWEST PROJECTING 20 TO 30 INCHES OF SNOWFALL FROM THIS EVENT. IT WILL BE AN HISTORIC STORM. NOT ONLY THAT, THE SNOWFALL RATES OF 2 TO 4 INCHES AN HOUR, NO WONDER THEY ARE TELLING PEOPLE TO STAY IN AND DON'T TRY TO GET OUT IN THIS. JUST A NASTY SITUATION SETTING UP THERE. IN THE MEANTIME, OUR STORY IS THE TEMPERATURES WE ARE FALLING BACK INTO THE 50s TONIGHT. 54 WHEN YOU GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING TOMORROW.

LIVE UPDATES: FLIGHT TRACKERS

FLIGHT INFORMATION AT MIA

FLIGHT INFORMATION AT FLL

As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, there were at least 42 flights canceled and 36 delays out of Miami International Airport and about 66 cancellations and 55 delays out of Fort Lauderdale.

"Delays and cancellations are expected to continue tomorrow and probably Wednesday, so passengers are strongly urged to check with their airlines before coming to the airport if they are flying to the northeast U.S.," Miami-Dade Aviation spokesman Greg Chin said.

Miami-Dade Aviation spokesman Marc T. Henderson added that the airlines affected were American Airlines, Air Canada, American Eagle, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.

American Airlines said it would suspend operations in Philadelphia, Boston and New York late Monday afternoon.

"We plan to resume operations as soon as it is safe to do so," airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said.

United Airlines has already canceled all Tuesday flights at Newark, LaGuardia and JFK, as well as Boston and Philadelphia, company spokeswoman Mary Ryan said.

Government officials across the Northeast were urging residents to take heed of the weather warnings and prepare for the storm.

"I want everyone to understand that we are facing -- most likely -- one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The first big storm of the year may drop up to 3 feet of snow on Boston and New York before it ends Tuesday, with freezing rain and strong wind gusts possibly reaching 55 to 65 mph.

Blizzard and winter storm warnings have been issued from Maryland through Maine and into Canada. Up to 58 million people could be put into the deep freeze.

"It is imperative that you have a plan in place to get home safely this evening before the heavy snow begins and stay there for the duration of the storm," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said Monday after signing a statewide travel ban set to take effect at 9 p.m. ET.

The city's biggest snowstorm was in 2006, when 26.9 inches of snow fell. That's second to the 25.8-inch snowfall in December 1947.

MasterCard lifts ban on U.S. credit, debit cards use in Cuba

Tourists will be able to use MasterCard on the island starting March 1st

Published On: Jan 23 2015 04:26:13 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 23 2015 04:38:00 PM EST

MasterCard removes block on Cuba

AND WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT ON THE ECONOMIC FRONT. LET'S SHOW YOU WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE ON MASTERCARD. THEY ARE IN FACT TELLING US THAT THEY ARE GOING TO START HAVING TRANSACTIONS HEREY IN CUBA, AND THAT'S GOING TO TAKE PLACE STARTING MARCH 1st. IN FACT, THE BLOCK ON THE MASTERCARD USAGE HERE ON THE ISLAND WILL EXPEND IT WILL START ON MARCH 1st. MASTERCARD SAID THEY ARE GOING TO BE WORKING BANKS ON TRANSITION. IF YOU PLAN ON TRAVELING TO CUBA

HAVANA -

MasterCard announced Friday that it will lift a block on transactions in Cuba.

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control authorized the change to take effect March 1, according to a bulletin sent to banks and other customers, Bloomberg News is reporting.

After President Barack Obama's Dec. 17 announcement of renewed relations with Cuba, The Treasury Department revised the new regulations loosening the embargo.

As of Jan. 15, U.S. financial firms were allowed to open accounts at Cuban banks.

According to the new rules, U.S. companies are also allowed to process credit and debit card transactions in Cuba. Visa, American Express and other major credit card companies have yet to set dates on when they will be allowing the use in Cuba.

MasterCard's announcement comes after two days of diplomatic talks in Havana.

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