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Fierce winds divert planes from landing at Charlotte’s airport

Screen shot of NWS Columbia tweet

“Strong crosswinds” prevented planes from trying to land at Charlotte’s airport Friday evening, diverting some of them to Columbia, SC, according to a 5:35 p.m. tweet by the National Weather Service office in Columbia.

The winds were “causing disruptions to arrivals” at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, NWS meteorologists tweeted. Charlotte’s airport retweeted the NWS tweet.

The number of diverted flights due to the crosswinds was not immediately available.

By 7 p.m., 496 flights had been delayed and 75 canceled at Charlotte’s airport for all of Friday, according to FlightAware.com.

Severe thunderstorms,” inch-size hail, 30- to 40-mph winds and weak tornadoes were forecast to strike parts of the Charlotte region on Friday, the Observer reported.

Thunderstorms, meanwhile, were wreaking havoc at airports in the northern U.S. Flights to JFK in New York on Friday night were delayed an average of 5 hours from leaving their original airports due to storms at JFK, Flight Aware reported.

By comparison, arrival delays for airborne planes destined for Charlotte Friday night averaged about 43 minutes, according to Flight Aware.

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