Massive East Coast storm delays flights at SFO 

San Francisco International Airport saw across-the-board delays of approximately an hour on Monday, after a major storm on the East Coast prevented timely takeoffs and landings in the Bay Area.

SFO duty manager Dennis Neves said that the airport would be expecting delays until 9 or 10 p.m. Monday, which left some passengers a little anxious to get home.

"I just kind of wanted to get out of here today. I’ve got school tomorrow," New York native and Boston-area student Jana Biltworth said.

While most flights were delayed for about an hour, one flight was delayed for several hours. That flight, bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, finally left the airport at about 5 p.m., instead of noon as scheduled.

As the afternoon wore on, departure times improved slightly, with delays of approximately 30 minutes to an hour, duty manager Lily Wang said.

National Weather Service forecaster Duane Dykema said that the storm was centered over New York City and reaches all the way to Washington, D.C., in the south, covering all of New England to the north, and as far west as the eastern Great Lakes region.

It continued dropping rain and producing howling winds across the area, which could ultimately cause further delays at airports nationwide.

The storm should continue through today and start clearing up by Wednesday, Dykema said.

"This is definitely acting like a winter storm," Dykema. "It’s quite unusual this time of year."

For those trying to get to the East Coast, resignation ruled the day. "There’s not much else we can do," said New Jersey-bound flier Jeremy Galderman, who spent the afternoon wandering the terminals with his girlfriend and their rolling carry-on luggage. "It’s not really a huge deal, but it’s never fun to get delayed."

"I’m just waiting for someone who should have been here two hours ago," San Francisco resident John Hinton said. "I’m probably just going to leave and tell him to call me when he gets in."

tramroop@examiner.com

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