Thousands of transatlantic and domestic flights in the US have been cancelled as the country braces itself for a hybrid storm. (Featured image is by Dan..)
More than 6,800 flights from New York and other East Coast destinations have been grounded, while more than 300,000 people have been evacuated.
Hurricane Sandy is due to hit America’s East Coast today, and there are fears that it could combine with a winter storm and a cold front to create a “superstorm”.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to result in wind speeds of up to 85mph, along with heavy rain and snow.
“Hurricane Sandy is causing disruption, flight delays and cancellations throughout the Eastern Seaboard of the USA,” British Airways said in a statement.
“We understand that customers may be disappointed, however their safety is our highest priority. We are offering the option to re-book or receive a refund to those customers whose flights are cancelled.”
Other airlines are also offering affected passengers a fee-free flight change or, in some cases, a refund. Passengers are advised against travelling to airports in the affected areas, and are being urged to contact their airline before travelling.
All public transport in New York has been cancelled while the Stock Exchange has been closed along with the Statue of Liberty – soon after it has reopened after being closed for an entire year.
A state of emergency has been declared in five US states, including New York, Virginia and Washington DC, while an emergency has been declared in parts of North Carolina.
The presidential election trail has been disrupted by Hurricane Sandy, with both candidates cancelling rallies in Virginia and Ohio. President Barack Obama has urged people to take Hurricane Sandy seriously, and promised to “respond big and respond fast” after it has passed.