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Sandy Halts U.S. Travel

***UPDATE TUESDAY 12 P.M.***NEW YORK (AP) – Superstorm Sandy has a long reach, with flight cancelations stranding air travelers around the globe.The flight-tracking service FlightAware says more than 6,000 flights were canceled today, bringing the total to more than 15,000 canceled across the Northeast over two days. And more than 500 flights scheduled for tomorrow have also been canceled. The number surpasses the winter storm of early 2011 when 14,000 flights to be scrapped over four days.New York is the nation’s busiest airspace with about one-quarter of all U.S. flights going through daily. But the three big New York airports remain closed for a second day.Flights have been canceled across Europe and Asia and travelers overseas could wait days to get back to the East Coast of the U.S. An official with a trade group for airports worldwide says even if storm damage is minor, it could be a week before operations are normal at major East Coast airports.***ORIGINAL STORY***Airport and train traffic is stalled as Sandy approaches the U.S. East Coast.Nearly 7,000 flights have been canceled, most of which have are traveling to or from hubs on the East Coast. Some delays are as far west as San Francisco and Seattle. Power failures also may keep airline employees from getting to airports, even on the West Coast. Airlines are now working to get their planes out of low-lying airports like New York’s LaGuardia and JFK. Jet Blue’s COO says it will take until at least Thursday or Friday to get back to a normal schedule.Amtrak is also suspending all train service in their northeast corridor Monday.Megabus and other commercial bus companies canceled East Coast service for the next two days.

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