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Flying today? Here’s what’s left of Irene

Irene, Ireneā€¦can I fly now Irene?

hurricane irene

hurricane irene

The storm, which was a hurricane for days before being downgraded to a tropical storm status early Sunday, was blamed for at least 20 deaths across eight states. The U.S. government estimated that the cost from wind damage alone is expected to top $1 billion, with downed power lines leaving more than 4 million people without electricity. But all in all it wasn’t nearly as bad as they’d expected.

And that’s a good thing.

But for those of you traveling over the weekend or trying to get out today, the interruption to all services, and I mean all, will make it a travel nightmare as so many flights were cancelled over the weekend. Avoid travel if at all possible toĀ  or through the eastern part of the US.

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long beach

Here’s what you’re looking at if you’re trying to travel in, around or through the eastern US this weekend:

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jfk

AIRPORTS

John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports will reopen to arrivals at 6 a.m. ET on Monday. According to the FAA, departures will begin at noon ET Monday, LaGuardia airport will open to arrivals and departures at 7 a.m. ET Monday.

Philadelphia’s International AirportĀ  reopened at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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exactly!

Baltimore-Washington International is monitoring terminal and airfield drainage, checking generators and cleaning all debris before reopening Monday.

AIRLINES

Good news: Major airlines,Ā  including US Airways, American, United, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and AirTran, dropped ticket-change fees for passengers scheduled to fly to or from many cities along the East Coast this weekend and early next week.

AirTran

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air tran

AirTran canceled more than 300 flights through Monday.

American Airlines

american airlines

american airlines

American Airlines canceled all flights in the Washington area from noon Saturday to noon Sunday and all flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport scheduled for Saturday, said spokesman Ed Martelle on Friday.

Delta Air Lines

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delta

Delta Air Lines canceled about 2,100 Delta and Delta Connection flights between Saturday and Monday. Delta service was suspended Saturday in Norfolk, Newport News/Williamsburg and Richmond, Virginia.

The airline’s flights in the New York area; Philadelphia; Boston; Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Portland, Maine, will not operate on Sunday.

JetBlue

jetblue

jetblue

JetBlue canceled almost 900 flights by Friday night ahead of the storm. Most of those are Sunday and Monday flights out of the New York metro area and Boston, spokesman Mateo Lleras said.

Southwest Airlines

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grounded

Southwest Airlines had 740 cancellations from Saturday through Monday.

United and Continental

United and Continental airlines canceled 2,300 flights for Saturday and Sunday.

US Airways

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laguardia airport

US Airways canceled close to 2,200 flights between Saturday and Monday. The airline suspended operations Saturday at New York-area airports and will not operate out of the metro area on Sunday, said airline spokesman Todd Lehmacher.

US Airways won’t operate Sunday in Philadelphia, the Washington metro area or Boston.

SUBWAY SYSTEMS

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new york subway

New York

Some subway service will start at 6 a.m. ET Monday. Service will be less frequent than normal and customers should expect longer waits and crowded trains. Damage assessment to the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad will continue.

Pennsylvania

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority closed down late Saturday because of a tornado warning in Philadelphia, according to SEPTA representative Jerri Williams.

CRUISES, FERRIES and PORTS

ferry closures

ferry closures

Waterways leading to the Port for Long Island Sound were closed early Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Waterways approaching the Port of New York remain open. Authorities have shut down all cargo and bunker handling operations at the two ports.

The storm has caused changes in sailing dates and itineraries for dozens of cruises in the Northeast, Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda, CruiseCritic.com reported.

North Carolina ports closed in Morehead City and Wilmington.

RAIL

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path railway

All PATH and New Jersey Transit rail service was stopped Saturday and will remain suspended until further notice, with the exception of the Atlantic City Rail Line, the governor’s office said Sunday.

North Carolina rail transportation was canceled for Saturday.

After suspending all service north of Jacksonville, Florida, and east of Toledo, Ohio, and Indianapolis through Sunday, Amtrak said most service, including northeast regional trains between Philadelphia and Washington, will resume Monday. Trains between Boston and Philadelphia were canceled for Monday.

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rail service interrupted

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

greyhound services

greyhound services

The Broad Channel Bridge, the Cross Bay Bridge, and the Marine Parkway Bridge in the Rockaway Peninsula section of Long Island is closed. Greyhound bus lines has canceled some of its trips to destinations along the Atlantic Coast.

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