Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

Storm cancels 76 flights at Tampa International Airport

76 TIA flights among hundreds canceled

Hurricane Sandy's impending assault on the Northeast is triggering travel delays as airlines look to cancel hundreds of flights ahead of the storm.

Tampa International Airport has received notice of 76 cancellations for today, including 40 departures, as Sandy, with a breadth of 800 miles, nears the New Jersey coast, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

New York is the top destination for travelers departing from Tampa.

Additional cancellations are possible for Tuesday.

Airport spokeswoman Janet Zink on Sunday advised that travelers check with their airlines for information about weather cancellations before heading to the airport.

Most of the cancellations are to New York, New Jersey and Washington, but other destinations are likely to be affected, so people need to check with their airlines, she said.

Rich Shopes, Times staff writer

Death toll rises to 65 across Caribbean

The storm-related death toll across the Caribbean was raised to 65 on Sunday, with 51 of those coming in Haiti, which was pelted by three days of constant rains that ended only on Friday.

As the rains stopped and rivers began to recede, authorities were getting a fuller idea of how much damage Sandy brought on Haiti. Bridges collapsed. Banana crops were ruined. Homes were underwater. Officials said the death toll might still rise.

Sandy killed 11 in Cuba, and deaths were reported in Jamaica, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.

Broadway darkens theaters today

Broadway took the threat of the mammoth storm seriously, with theater owners canceling all Sunday evening and today's performances of shows like The Book of Mormon, Once and Mama Mia!

"The safety and security of theatergoers and employees is everyone's primary concern," said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, which represents producers.

Wall Street plans for e-trading only

The New York Stock Exchange, which initially said its trading floor would be open today, decided to close the floor and handle trading electronically.

The closing was the first caused by bad weather since Hurricane Gloria in 1985, although the opening bell has been delayed a number of times — once during a blizzard in January 1996 — and the exchange was closed for three days after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Nasdaq exchange, which has long relied on electronic trading, said it would open as usual today.

Amtrak service out across Northeast

Amtrak said Sunday that it was canceling service across the northeastern United States today.

Amtrak said in a news release that it has not determined when train services will resume. Customers can receive a refund or voucher for future travel, it said.

Some trains will continue to run in Florida and the Carolinas.

Times wires

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