American cancels 1,000+ flights due to storm

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) – The Latest on severe winter storm hitting parts of the U.S. Southeast (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

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More than 1,000 flights have been canceled out of North Carolina’s largest airport as a winter storm makes its way across the Southeast.

That’s according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport says it’s also “reduced its operations” as rain, freezing rain, and snow move across the area.

Charlotte-Douglas is the second-largest hub of American Airlines. The airline says it’s cancelled a total of 1,100 flights for Sunday and 300 flights for Monday.

American has also issued a travel alert for nine airports throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia, meaning passengers may be able to change travel plans without a fee.

Airport officials say snow teams worked overnight in Charlotte on Saturday to clear the airfield, roadways and overpasses.

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A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South has millions of people in its path, raising the threat of immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads and power outages.

Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the storm crossing several Southern states.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday that residents in the some parts of the state should be ready for a lengthy fight with the storm, which began dumping snow and sleet over the southern Appalachians Saturday night.

“We’re preparing for days of impact, not hours,” Cooper said. “Stay safe where you are. Getting out on dangerous roads could put your life at risk.”

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12/9/2018 10:42:03 AM (GMT -5:00)

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