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Hundreds of Flights Cancelled as Storm Approaches New York

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Local airports are bracing for the worst as a snowstorm approaches New York.

More than 500 flights have been cancelled already.

The Port Authority said they are ready to work throughout the night to keep LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark airports open.

Officials say many airlines are pre-emptively cancelling flights so their equipment doesn’t get stuck.

Airlines are using de-icing equipment to get planes off the ground before the storm hits.

Once the snow comes, the Port Authority will use more than a dozen 22-foot long plows to keep the runways open.

The Port Authority said there is a chance airports will have to close.

“We have a fleet of specialized snow removal vehicles and equipment. We have ample supplies of chemical agents on hand for snow and ice control. At our airports, the goal is to work throughout the night, keep up with the storm and try to deliver safe runways and taxiways for tomorrow’s airline push,” said Thomas Bosco of the Port Authority. “Now having said that, we expect, and we’re already experiencing, widespread cancellations and delays.”

Officials say they will set up cots and blankets for people who may get stuck at airports.

At LaGuardia, people looking to get on flights were hoping that wouldn’t be the case for them.

“Yea, a little worried. The more they delay it, the more the storms gonna hit and then cancellation, you know. That’s probably the worst thing possible right now,” said one traveler. “Little worried, but hopefully it will be alright.” ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP