American Airlines Resumes Flights At Philly Airport As South Jersey Dries Out From Record Rain [VIDEO]
American Airlines flights out of Philadelphia International Airport appear ready to resume this afternoon after being canceled Monday morning while flood warnings are still posted for parts of New Jersey following a series of storms that brought as much as 7 inches of rain on Sunday.
A power outage in the airport’s terminal A east resulted in all American Airlines flights being canceled on Monday morning until noon. The entire airport was without power on Sunday night following torrential rains that dumped a record breaking 8 inches on the airport. WPVI reports power has been restored to American’s terminal.
USAirways and Spirit Airlines were also affected by the outage.
35 total arrivals and departures were affected by the outage, according to WPVI, which reports that there is still no power in the baggage claim area. All arriving passengers (American/Frontier/Spirit) should be directed to B/C Baggage to claim their luggage according to a tweet from the airport.
A check of the airport’s website shows the first arrival following power restoration as #3722 from Chicago at 1p.m. and the first departure at 1:30p.m. to Chicago.
Some morning flights are being rescheduled.
WPVI TV reports security lines are very long around the airport for travelers who showed up for flights.
Due to the power outage @ PHL, @AmericanAir canceled several flights this AM. Passengers traveling on American should call 1-800-446-7834.
— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport) July 29, 2013
The National Weather Service reports 7 inches of rain fell in Gloucester City on Sunday afternoon and a record-breaking 8.26 inches at Philadelphia International Airport. Most areas received 2-4 inches from the storms which eventually weakened as they moved east.
The amount established a new record daily maximum rainfall for the date and for the most rainfall on record for any calendar day.
Visitors to the shore heading home were caught in flash floods on the 42 Freeway at Market Street in Bellmawr which shut down the road. Eight cars were under water according to WCAU TV while another was rescued after being trapped on the roof of his car. Traffic was backed up onto the Atlantic City Expressway and Route 55.
Interstate 295 and Route 130 were also affected by the heavy rains. Southbound travelers on the New Jersey Turnpike headed for the Delaware Memorial Bridge also faced delays of over 4 miles.
Morris County also received drenching rains from a separate cell
A flood warning remains in effect until 11:15 a.m. for south central Salem and western Cumberland counties. Forecasters are predicting minor flooding as the Cohansey River rises slowly because of runoff from Sunday’s storm.
Another flood warning is in effect until 10:15 a.m. in western Camden and Burlington counties. Minor flooding is reported along parts of the Cooper River and Pennsauken Creek.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.