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SAA suspends flights to the US due to deadly east coast storm

At least 7,600 flights were grounded in the US since the storm began to move in yesterday

South African Airways plane. Picture: Facebook.
South African Airways,Snow Storm
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JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways has announced that its flights to New York and Washington DC will remain cancelled as it monitors the deadly storm moving along the United States (US).

At least 7,600 flights were grounded in the US since the storm began to move in yesterday.

Eight people have been killed and six states declared states of emergency.

More than 50 million people in more than a dozen states have been warned to stay home as it moves north.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has urged residents to be ready for the storm, which is due to bring heavy winds and a large snowfall with it.

Supermarkets in the Big Apple and all along the east coast are seeing empty shelves as people stock up on bread, water and other necessities.

The capital, Washington Dc, is expected to receive a record 75 centimetres of show by the time the storm passes on Sunday.

SAA Spokesperson Tlali Tlali says they will continue updating customers about the latest from the storm and when flights can be rescheduled.

“Flights originating from Johannesburg were cancelled yesterday due to the calls that we received that the east coast of the US was going to experience severe weather conditions that would make it dangerous for SAA to operate.”  

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