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More Than 400,000 Lose Power on Thanksgiving

Thanks to a dangerous mix of snow and rain on the East Coast

More than 400,000 people along the East Coast lost power on the busiest cooking day of the year, thanks to a dangerous mix of snow and rain that downed power lines across the region.

New Hampshire was hit the hardest with more than 195,000 without power on Thanksgiving morning. More than 100,000 Maine residents and 55,000 New York residents were also left in the dark.

Almost 5,000 flights were delayed and 700 flights cancelled Wednesday, as winter weather snarled air travel up and down the east coast. The roads weren’t much better — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency because of the condition on the roads, and Connecticut police recorded 125 accidents in just one day.

So if you’ve made it to the dinner table, the lights are on and and your food is hot, those are three things to be thankful for.

 

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

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As most of the U.S. prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, spare a thought for more than 200,000 American families who were facing the holiday without electricity after heavy snow felled power lines from West Virginia to Vermont early Thursday

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Thanksgiving Storm Leaves Hundreds of Thousands Without Electricity

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An over-turned automobile on Interstate 84 snarls traffic, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Vernon, Conn. Jared Ramsdell—AP

Heavy snow plunged at least 248,000 Americans into darkness from West Virginia to Vermont

Heavy snow that disrupted travel plans for many Americans left at least 248,000 properties without electricity on Thanksgiving morning.

Power outages were reported from West Virginia to Vermont early Thursday — including 94,000 customers in Maine, 53,000 in New York, 41,000 in Massachusetts and 27,000 in New Jersey.

More than 700 flights were canceled — with almost 5,000 others delayed — and there were 125 accidents on snow-slicked roads in a single state on Wednesday, one of the busiest travel days of the year…

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Over 4,000 Flights Delayed or Canceled Around U.S. Due to Winter Storms

Winter Storm Causes Delays For Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers
A group of friends traveling to San Francisco, Calif., walk through the terminal at Philadelphia International Airport Nov. 26, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania William Thomas Cain—Getty Images

Large swaths of the country face beastly conditions on one of the busiest travel days of the year

A wintry mix of snow and rain that crept up the East Coast on Wednesday slowed travel on one of the busiest days of the year.

According to the website Flightaware.com, 4,548 flights were delayed into, within or out of the U.S. Wednesday and 731 were canceled. While this isn’t a particularly large number of delays, so many people are traveling at present that accommodating stranded passengers could prove problematic, CNN reports.

Winter Storm Cato dropped over a foot of snow in some Mid-Atlantic states with snow also expected in New England, The Weather Channel reports. In parts of Maine, between three and five inches of snow had fallen by Wednesday evening. In West Virginia, according to CNN, up to 18 inches of snow has fallen. The adverse weather conditions mean bad news for drivers who faced slick roads across swaths of the East Coast and Midwest.

An estimated 46 million Americans were expected to travel over 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving, according to the AAA, the highest level since 2007. The majority are expected to travel by car.

As a precaution, governors in New York and New Jersey took steps to ensure traveler safety on Wednesday. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo restricted commercial traffic along I-84 and other parts of the New York State Thruway. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie issued a precautionary state of emergency and sent more than 1,900 vehicles to plow and treat roads.

Thanksgiving Day looks clearer for most of the country, though the Pacific Northwest are set to face some wet weather that could snarl traffic on Turkey Day.

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Holiday Snow Wreaks Havoc on Thanksgiving Travel Plans

Delays on the road and in the air all along the east coast

On the eve of one of the biggest travel holidays in the year, a storm is threatening the travel plans of 20 million people in the Northeast, according to a warning issued by the National Weather Service.

Wednesday’s expected Nor’easter will bring rain and snow to the north and the west of the I-95 corridor. Rain began to fall in the morning hours in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and quickly began to turn into snow, causing delays on I-95. Areas in West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey could expect three-to-six inches of snow by the end of the day. Some New England states will see up to half a foot of snow.

For those flying out of the east coast, over 200 flights were canceled by noon Wednesday.

The snow should abate all along the east coast by Thanksgiving Day, with temperatures climbing far enough above freezing to improve road conditions.

But it could always be worse: In Siberia, it was so cold that a plane got stuck to the frozen ground. After spending 24 hours on the tarmac, passengers finally got out of the aircraft and pushed it themselves on Wednesday, captured in this astounding video reported by Tass.ru.

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Know Right Now: Northeast Braces for a Holiday Nor’easter

Watch today's #KnowRightNow to catch up on the latest trending stories

In today’s trending stories, winter weather will wreak havoc for the 41 million holiday travelers expected to hit the roads on Wednesday and Thursday. Storms could dump as much as 18″ of snow in northern New Jersey, and will affect most of the northeast.

Airports in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Newark, NJ are expected to experience the most cancellations and delays. Interstates 76, 81, and 90 will experience the worst weather and traffic.

And lastly, many major airlines are allowing customers to rebook without fees. More than 200 flight cancellations have already been announced for Wednesday.

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Thanksgiving Travel Chaos Amid Winter Storms, More Than 200 Flights Canceled

Looming snowstorms and heavy rain will likely spur additional travel delays and cancellations during the beginning of the Thanksgiving weekend

More than 200 commercial flights were canceled by late Tuesday night ahead of the busiest travel day of the year for Americans, as weather forecasters predict that snowstorms and rain are likely to pound the northeast throughout Wednesday and Thursday.

Approximately half the flight cancellations came from just two airports, New York LaGuardia and Newark Liberty, according to USA Today.

On Tuesday, the New York City Office of Emergency Management issued a travel advisory that a “total of 3-5 inches of heavy, wet snow” is forecast to blanket the Big Apple Wednesday, resulting in “dangerous driving conditions throughout the day.”

The National Weather Service also issued numerous winter storm warnings for large swaths of the American northeast stretching from the Appalachia Mountains in North Carolina to the Maine coastline.

The news comes less than a week after the American Automobile Association predicted that more than 46 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more from their homes during the Thanksgiving weekend — the largest number for the holiday in the past seven years.

On a brighter note, drivers hitting the road will enjoy the lowest gasoline prices since December 2010 as global oil prices continue to slide. And that, at least, is something to be thankful for.

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5 Strategies for Surviving the Coming Thanksgiving Travel Nightmare

Travelers make their way through security lines at Denver International Airport, November 27, 2013.
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With storms threatening to put your holiday travel plans on ice, don't head to the airport unprepared. Instead, go on the defensive with these moves.

Planning to fly home for Turkey Day on Wednesday? With weather reports for Thanksgiving travel looking, well, less than ideal, smart travelers should prepare for a rough day at the airport. These tips will help you get to your destination as quickly as possible, sanity intact.

1. Check in early

During bad weather, oversold flights can be more of a problem, as stranded passengers buy up any open seats.

Your best defense against getting bumped? Checking in online as close to 24 hours ahead of time as possible, according to TripAdvisor travel advocate Wendy Perrin. Not only will you be less likely to lose your seat, but you will also have the best shot of choosing a good one.

2. Know your rights

Did everything right but still got bumped? If the airline rebooks you on a flight that will make you more than an hour late, you’re entitled to a cash or check payment of up to 400% of your one-way fare.

The rules are less clear-cut for delays and cancellations. Airlines are not required to pay for meals or other amenities for delayed passengers, though some do, so it’s worth asking (more on that below). If your flight is cancelled, the airline will typically rebook you on their next available flight. In some cases, carriers may be willing to put you on a flight with a different airline, so check out those options, too.

3. Stay informed in real-time

If you get stuck with a cancellation, don’t just let the airline automatically put you on a different flight. First, check out your options at FlightStats.com, which shows delayed and canceled flights all across the country. There may be a different itinerary that’s a better fit for your schedule.

4. Photograph your valuables

Losing expensive belongings is always upsetting, but tack on a crazy snowstorm and chaotic airport and you have the formula for a nervous breakdown.

Be prepared for the worst by keeping receipts for, and snapshots of, anything pricey in your luggage. Airlines are legally obligated to reimburse up to $3,300 for your lost possessions.

5. Turn on the charm

Whether you’re dealing with lost luggage, delays, a cancelled flight, or any other travel nightmare, it’s important to be as polite as possible when making a complaint.

“Take a deep breath. Remember that despite everything that has happened, you are still alive and, in fact, breathing. Then come talk to me and explain your situation,” writes flight attendant Cary Trey at ThePointsGuy.com.

Going a step beyond politeness and being extra kind to the person you’re dealing with—who, let’s face it, has probably been having a pretty bad day, too—can’t hurt. Trey suggests carrying mini-boxes of chocolates to show gratitude to those who go the extra mile to help you out.

If that sounds like a bit much, even a simple, “Thank you so much for your help, and happy Thanksgiving!” will be enough make you stand out from the grumbling masses.

 

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Morning Must Reads: November 25

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Toy Guns Create Deadly Problems for Police

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U.N. Will Miss Dec. 1 Goal for Containing Ebola

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Casablanca Piano Sells for $3.4 Million

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Western New York Prepares for Floods

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Storm Threatens Thanksgiving Travel Chaos

"Travel is not going to be a lot of fun"

Millions of Americans planning to take to the roads and skies for Thanksgiving were facing travel chaos due to a storm that’s forecast to batter the Northeast on Wednesday. Meteorologists said early Tuesday that the nor’easter was likely to hit on a day when more than 46 million people across the nation were expected to journey 50 miles or more.

The nor’easter could dump from three to five inches of snow on the New York and Philadelphia metro areas, based on current models, and one to three inches on Boston and Washington, D.C. “Travel is not going to be a lot of fun for people trying to get to grandma’s house on Wednesday…”

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