The storm that just tore through the Washington region was relatively brief, but it is significantly affecting air travel.
At Reagan National and Dulles International airports, departing planes are encountering delays of about two hours, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport has scores of flights arriving and departing experiencing delays and cancellations.
In addition, Philadelphia and New York-area airports are experiencing delays. If you’re flying today, expect to encounter delays and cancellations.
At BWI Airport, travelers and employees were instructed to seek shelter as the storm approached. They went to the airport’s lower levels or bathrooms for about half an hour, said Jonathan Dean, an airport spokesman.
The airline has a plan in place for such a situation, which involved alerting travelers by making overhead announcements and having visual notices posted on the flight status monitors, Dean said.
And even though the experience was relatively brief, travelers should expect delays “through the evening,” he said.
The Washington Post’s Kent Babb took this photo of a plane approaching National Airport as the storm was moving through the region: