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Winter storm hits East Coast, flights at PDX canceled

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Winter storm hits East Coast, flights at PDX canceled

The snowstorm sweeping up the East Coast is ruining travel plans for many, with thousands of USA flights canceled. Most of the flights cancelled have East Coast destinations, a statement of the aviation department said.

According to FlightAware.com, the majority of the flight cancellations were at airports in New Jersey, Boston and NY, with more than 90 percent of flights at New York's La Guardia Airport being canceled. By Wednesday night, 90 percent of flights out of New York City's LaGuardia Airport, 70 percent of flights out of Newark Liberty Airport, and 20 percent of flights out of JFK had already been cancelled, according to a tweet from LaGuardia airport. The event is forming because of "bombogenesis", a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure that intensifies a storm.

The massive winter storm is sweeping from the Carolinas to ME, dumping snow along the coast and bringing strong winds.

The first major snow storm of 2018 is here, with the so-called Snow Bomb Cyclone delivering over a foot of snow in some parts of the Northeast.

Still, meteorologists say most of the storm's fierce hurricane-force winds should stay out to sea until it nears Cape Cod, Maine and Canada.

"It's bad enough around here, let alone being out there", Sparky Holze said.

For travelers who use Greyhound, buses running between Montreal, Boston, New York, Washington and Atlantic City were also canceled.

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