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    Flights, Trains Canceled Ahead of Storm

    American Airlines Inc. McConnell Douglas MD-82 (DC-9-82) planes, front, and McConnell Douglas MD-83 (DC-9-83) planes, center and back, stand by gates at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of New York, U.S., on Monday, April 25, 2011. American Airlines Inc. is trying to grab market share in New York, the biggest and possibly most-contested U.S. aviation market, with terminal upgrades at LaGuardia Airport. Delta Air Lines Inc.'s bid to redo its space remains in limbo, bogged down in talks with federal regulators and US Airways Group Inc. about access to more landing rights. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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    If you haven’t bolted the Northeast for a warm, sunny beach somewhere yet then it’s probably too late: Nearly 6,100 flights have been canceled already, and the number is only expected to grow as Hurricane Irene approaches. Beginning at noon on Saturday, the five main New York City airports will all be closed to incoming flights. The overall impact, however, is not expected to be as bad as it is in the case of a severe blizzard: Unless airport facilities are damaged, flights can generally resume almost as soon as the rain stops. Amtrak has also reduced Saturday service and canceled all Sunday trains.

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