More than 2,000 flights canceled due to winter storm heading to eastern US

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Thousands of passengers were unable to reach their destinations.

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airlines in the united states more than 2,000 flights have been canceled so far national and international for Sunday, since a powerful winter storm rain, sleet and snow is about to hit the East Coast over the holiday weekend.

Nearly 90% of flights out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, a hub for American Airlines, have been canceled, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

American Airlines preemptively canceled 1,100 flights on Sunday in its mainline and regional operations after canceling 492 on Saturday.

“This weekend’s winter storm is expected to have a significant impact on our operation, especially at Charlotte International Airport (CLT),” American said in a statement.

The airline also issued a travel advisory allowing weather-affected customers to rebook flights free of charge.

American isn’t the only airline with canceled flights. At 10:30 EST on Saturday, southwest canceled 264 flights, or 7% of its operations according to FlightAware, while Delta Air Lines canceled 191 flights, or 8% of its operation.

Other airports in the Southeast are also facing significant cancellations on Sunday, with Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina canceling 74 of its flights that day. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport canceled 155 of its flights on Sunday.

Saturday saw more than 400 cancellations and 2,000 delays across the United States as the winter storm moved south.

Nearly 74 million people were under winter weather advisories on Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The huge storm system is approaching the eastern United States from the Midwest and icy conditions are expected in parts of Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas on Sunday. The governors of those states have declared emergencies.

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