Here in the U.S., Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the start of summer as most kids are out of school and travelers hit the highways and skyways, embarking on their first official summer get-away weekend. But according to websites Weather.com and the NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, this weekend could be filled with severe thunderstorms, flooding rain and possible tornadoes.
The storms that started Thursday, are expected to continue into early next week affecting the Northeast, Southern and Central Plains and the entire Midwest regions of the U.S. These storms have the potential to affect both ground and air transportation. Expect to see flights canceled and possible road closures due to high water, high winds, hail, and lightning.
At the time of this publishing airlines have not yet starting issuing travel advisories and waiving change fees, but FlightAware.com reported over 2,900 flights have been delayed and over 450 flights within, into and out of the U.S. were canceled throughout the day on Thursday , impacting flights at Newark Liberty International, Philadelphia International, LaGuardia and more airports in the Northeast.
If you will driving this weekend, please take the time to read this article from the American Safety Council Blog: How To Drive In a Thunderstorm and Tornado