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Lexington flights canceled because of East Coast storm dubbed the ‘bomb cyclone’

Blue Grass Airport is hosting a series of Global Entry interviews, during which people can apply to make the airport security process easier and faster.
Blue Grass Airport is hosting a series of Global Entry interviews, during which people can apply to make the airport security process easier and faster. cbertram@herald-leader.com

A severe storm on the East Coast has caused arrival and departing flights from Philadelphia and Newark at the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington to be canceled.

American Airlines flight 4857 to Philadelphia and United Airlines flight 4845 to Newark were both canceled Thursday, as was the same American Airlines flight returning to Philadelphia. United Airlines flight 4810 from Newark, American Airlines flight 4983 from Philadelphia and Delta flight 5442 from New York were also canceled.

More than 3,000 flights were canceled nationwide Thursday because of winter weather watches and warnings on the East Coast, according to Flight Aware. More than 90 percent of the flights at LaGuardia Airport in New York were canceled.

In Louisville, flights to and from New York and Newark were canceled.

Dubbed the “bomb cyclone,” the storm with hurricane-force winds and dangerously low temperatures has caused at least 17 deaths in the Southeast, according to the Associated Press. It has caused the heaviest snowfall in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in nearly 30 years, and the storm is strengthening as it moves its way north.

Blizzard warnings were issued from Rhode Island to Maine, and they could extend as far south as New York, according to the AP.

Herald-Leader reporter Karla Ward contributed to this report. Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson

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