Irene cancels nearly 200 SFO flights 

click to enlarge Stormy weather: Airlines canceled almost 200 flights to and from the East Coast over the weekend. (AP file photo) - STORMY WEATHER: AIRLINES CANCELED ALMOST 200 FLIGHTS TO AND FROM THE EAST COAST OVER THE WEEKEND. (AP FILE PHOTO)
  • Stormy weather: Airlines canceled almost 200 flights to and from the East Coast over the weekend. (AP file photo)
  • Stormy weather: Airlines canceled almost 200 flights to and from the East Coast over the weekend. (AP file photo)

Ripples of Irene’s devastation on the East Coast made their way to the Bay Area in the form of nearly
200 flight cancellations into and out of San Francisco International Airport in the past three days.

About 160 flights between SFO and several East Coast cities were canceled Saturday and Sunday — during the height of the storm’s fury — and another 29 flights postponed Monday, airport spokesman Mike McCarron said.

Monday’s cancellations included 24 arrivals and five departures from and to Philadelphia International Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport, according to McCarron.

McCarron had no immediate information on whether any of today’s flights would be affected.

“I would imagine some, but it’s up to the airlines,” he said.

Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall, but still caused massive damage and flooding along the Eastern Seaboard, from North Carolina to Maine. New York City, where residents had braced for a direct impact, was largely spared, while inland, the damage was far worse.

The storm has been blamed for 40 deaths, and damage estimated in
the billions of dollars. Millions were still without power Monday.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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