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Flights were grounded on Monday night at three major northeastern airports for significant weather-related concerns. Low visibility at New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport required a ground stop, while thunderstorms brought operations to a halt at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Washington Reagan (DCA).
Meanwhile, an active tornado warning was issued for Washington Dulles (IAD) airport and surrounding regions of Washington, DC. As a result, passengers in transit were directed into the underground train station tunnels of the airport until the warning expired at 6:45 pm Eastern.
Severe thunderstorms and flash floods were also reported in the Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, and Alexandria, VA regions, and drivers were cautioned to remain off the roads to avoid the possibility of being swept away.
The largest airport serving the nation’s capital remains under severe thunderstorm watch, and theremains in effect for the greater District of Columbia region, with 70 mph winds and 1-inch hailstones reported from both radar detection and eyewitness accounts.
The National Weather Service warned that storms were expected to last until 10 pm Eastern, with potential damage from falling trees and large branches.
Dulles PA alerting passengers to a tornado outside & to remain indoors as Jackson Browne's Running On Empty plays (not kidding)
Dulles PA alerting passengers to a tornado outside & to remain indoors as Jackson Browne's Running On Empty plays (not kidding)— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) May 14, 2018
Travelers took to Twitter to notify friends and family of their status, reporting that the airport and airlines were cooperating to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Until further notice, travelers are being urged to stay indoors and off the roads unless absolutely necessary.