Local News

Ripple Effect Of Outages Lands At RDU International

Posted August 15, 2003 9:16 a.m. EDT

— The effects of the power outages to the north are being felt in North Carolina. People who had been trying to fly into New York and the other affected areas found their flights had been delayed or canceled.

At Raleigh-Durham International Airport, between 250 and 300 people were grounded because their flights were delayed or canceled.

Passengers on a flight from Haiti to New York City spent the night at

RDU International

after the flight was diverted. Those who could not afford a hotel room or who chose not to leave the airport slept on their luggage or the floor.

The airport offered blankets; however food was not available at the airport Thurday night.

A number of flights are expected to be delayed or canceled Friday morning. Many passengers left stranded will need to rebook flights Friday. Anyone with a scheduled flight is urged to call the airline before heading to the airport.

Both Greyhound and Amtrak also reported that some northbound passengers might be delayed by the power outage.

Officials at Progress Energy and Duke Energy -- North Carolina's two largest utilities -- reported no outages in the state related to the Northeast blackouts.