Thousands of flights cancelled on east coast

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you think driving around has been difficult these past few days, try flying.

Thousands of flights up and down the east coast have been cancelled in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

The odds of you actually getting off the ground are much better Monday than they were over the weekend.

At RIC, more than 150 flights were cancelled Saturday and Sunday — things are starting to get back to normal to most destinations.

The wind and rain from Irene kept flights grounded Saturday, but Sunday it was places like New York, Boston and Philadelphia that were causing problems as those cities felt the effects of the hurricane.

Some travelers have been left stranded and scrambling to rebook flights.

The good news is most airlines are being as accommodating as possible in the aftermath of this major weather event.

Most flights through RIC are running on time Monday. A handful have been cancelled, mostly to New York.

Check your flight status before you leave home. Authorities at the airport are recommending you get there at least an hour and a half before your flight's supposed to take off.

They are also asking travelers to allow themselves some extra time to get there as we are still seeing downed trees, traffic lights out and some flooding issues all over the area.

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