Nor'easter on northeast coast affecting flights in Detroit

DETROIT - Delays and cancelations began to flash across the boards at Detroit Metro Airport Thursday morning as mother's nature's one-two punch hit the northeast.

Residents in the area still reeling from the havoc Sandy wreaked October 29 on the region were hit with snow and wind, which buffeted the coast in the form of a nor'easter.

Twenty-three thousands flights were canceled last week. So far, 1,700 cancelations have taken place.

Travelers Local 4 spoke with were packing their patience as they double checked flight board. Some flights to New York JFK and Newark were already being canceled.

Wednesday night, some four inches of snow had fallen on Staten Island, the borough of New York that was hard hit by Sandy. Parts of Connecticut saw more than eight inches.

Forecasters predicted gusts of up to 60 mph in shore towns and cities across New York and New Jersey, bringing 2- to 4-foot storm surges just as homes and office buildings had begun to dry out and floodwaters to recede after Sandy.

Coastal erosion caused by last week's storm sparked fears of more flooding in storm-battered communities, while incoming cold weather was expected to hamper utility restoration efforts across the region.

More than a week after Sandy struck the Northeast, its death toll in New York City climbed to 41 as a 78-year-old man died Tuesday of injuries suffered in the storm, police said.

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