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Airlines cancel flights from Akron to Atlanta, Charlotte

Beacon Journal staff report

A major winter storm that’s dumping ice, snow and freezing rain on the Southeast is causing headaches for some air travelers leaving Akron-Canton Airport.

“We definitely have cancellations today for Atlanta and Charlotte,” airport spokeswoman Kristie Van Auken said.

Most of those flights were canceled Tuesday.

“Most customers are already aware and have been rerouted,” she said.

Flights to Florida and other destinations have not been affected, she added.

Officials at Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland could not be reached for comment.

Forecasters are warning that the worst of the potentially “catastrophic” storm is yet to come.

From Texas to the Carolinas and the South’s business hub in Atlanta, roads were slick with ice, tens of thousands are without power and a wintry mix fell in many areas. The Mid-Atlantic region also was expected to be hit as the storm crawled east.

Officials and forecasters in several states used unusually dire language in warnings, and they agreed that the biggest concern is ice, which could knock out power for days in wide swaths.

Winds, with gusts up to 30 mph in parts of Georgia, promised to exacerbate problems.


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