Delaware Valley Returning To Normal After Overnight Storms Disrupt Travel

By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A somewhat better travel picture was emerging this morning around the Delaware Valley, the day after winter weather forced the cancellation of about 300 flights at Philadelphia International Airport and delayed hundreds of others for several hours (see previous story).

Across the country, more than 1,500 flights were canceled because of storms.  About 230 people were forced to spend the night at Philadelphia International.

“We anticipate, because the weather is so much better this morning, not to have a disruption in operations.  And we don’t show any disruption at this time,” said PHL spokeswoman Victoria Lupica at 5:30am.

But there were some delays — most in the 20-minute range — and about 60 cancellations, so travelers were advised to check with their airline or contact the airport’s web site, PHL.org, or its phone number, 1-800-PHL-GATE.

And Lupica added this reminder: “If you’re a motorist coming to the airport to pick up someone, we ask you use our free cell phone waiting lot. It’s accessible and adjacent to the airport. It also has three flight information displays.”

As for power outages this morning, there are only scattered ones reported by Peco, PSE&G, and Atlantic City Electric. Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong said the system held up very well overnight with the strong winds and heavy precipitation.

One mass transit note: New Jersey Transit is still cross-honoring tickets on all modes of transportation until the end of the service day.

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