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NYC-area airports cancelling some flights ahead of storm; nursing home residents evacuated

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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— Airlines are again looking at canceling flights in and out of the Northeast, just a week after Superstorm Sandy led to more than 23,000 cancellations in the region.

This time it’s a coastal storm that’s leading to travel headaches.

United Airlines is grounding about 500 flights between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday out of Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports.

Many United passengers were automatically rebooked on other flights to their destination, connecting through those hubs.

Passengers can rebook themselves on other flights without paying the usual change fees.

Other airlines said they are evaluating which flights will and won’t be canceled. Delta Air Lines and US Airways also issued fee change waivers, while American Airlines had an existing waiver for this week related to Sandy.

Meanwhile, hundreds of nursing home residents in New York City’s storm-battered Rockaways section are being evacuated ahead of the storm.

State and city health officials said today that three nursing homes and an adult care center in the coastal community were being emptied of residents and staff.

More than 620 people live in the four facilities. None of those nursing homes had been evacuated for Superstorm Sandy.

Wednesday’s nor’easter isn’t expected to be nearly as bad, but health officials say the homes are already running on emergency generators. They are worried about first responders in the neighborhood being stretched too thin.

 
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