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Travelers wait in a winding line to pass through customs and border control at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. A winter storm system blamed for at least 11 fatal accidents in the West and Texas threatens to dampen the Thanksgiving holiday for millions of Americans traveling this week. Nearly 300 American Airlines and American Eagle flights were canceled in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday due to the weather, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said, mirroring disruptions at the air hub a day earlier. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Storm threatens travel, wind endangers Macy’s parade
First Published Nov 26 2013 02:40 pm • Last Updated Nov 26 2013 02:42 pm

New York • Thanksgiving travelers are scrambling to book earlier flights to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast. And high winds are threatening to ground giant balloon versions of Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants in the Macy’s parade.

The inflatable characters that soar through Manhattan may not lift off Thursday if sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph. That’s according to city rules enacted after fierce winds in 1997 injured a spectator.

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Current forecasts call for sustained winds of 20 mph and gusts of 36 mph. Macy’s says it’s too early to decide the fate of the giant balloons.

Meteorologists warned that the storm would almost certainly upset holiday travel plans on Wednesday for those hoping to visit loved ones in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.




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