SAA resumes flights to NYC

Flights resumed last night after a travel ban was lifted when a storm by-passed New York.

FILE: South African Airways (SAA) says flights from Johannesburg to New York will operate as scheduled today. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) says flights from Johannesburg to New York will operate as scheduled today.

Flights resumed last night after a travel ban was lifted when a potentially life-threatening storm mostly by-passed the Big Apple.

The storm, dubbed "Juno", was expected to hit yesterday with heavy snow falls, high winds and rough seas predicted.

SAA's Tlali Tlali says, "SAA has resumed with its preparation in order to start operating from Johannesburg to New York. This development comes as a consequence of us monitoring weather conditions and the forecast received."

BLIZZARD HITS BOSTON AND NEW ENGLAND

A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast.

Snow was forecast to keep falling into early Wednesday in eastern New England, possibly setting a record snowfall in Boston. At Logan International Airport 59.2 cm of snow was on the ground early evening, swept higher in parts by strong winds.

"There are drifts now of four, five and six feet in some places," Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said. "This is clearly a very big storm for most of Massachusetts."

A statewide travel ban was scheduled to be lifted at midnight but Massachusetts residents were urged to stay off the roads if possible.

Boston-area trains, buses and subways were set to resume normal service on Wednesday but delays were predicted for the morning commute.

On the resort island of Nantucket, more than half of homes and businesses were still without power at early evening, and crews working to restore electricity were at times getting stuck on roads throughout the day, Police Chief William Pittman said.

Lacking electricity and heat at home, more than 100 people flocked to a shelter at a high school and others simply warmed themselves in their running cars, Pittman said.

"We are going to have another tough night ahead of us," Pittman said, citing fresh snowfall and blustery conditions as well as downed trees and power lines, and icy water over roadways. "After midnight, things are going to start improving."

Icy flooding closed the island's downtown waterfront, white-out conditions forced some roads to be shut down and ferry and plane service was cancelled, according to local reports.

Storm-driven coastal flooding added to the state's woes, as low-lying towns south of Boston grappled with rising water.

High tides breached a seawall in Marshfield, about 30 miles (50 km) south of Boston, damaging 11 homes, several of which were condemned, police said. Police urged residents to evacuate.

Denise Gorham, 57, said she watched a heavy wooden shed filled with window air conditioners float away on waters that surrounded the house after the breach.

"It's been horrible. I've been here 12 years and we've weathered every single storm. It was just like the ocean was on the street itself," said Gorham, a writer, who was trying to keep warm over her fireplace after the power went out.

Additional information by Reuters