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Stormy Weather Causes 73 Flight Cancellations at SFO

Most of the flights were short haul, headed to West Coast destinations.

Strong winds and rain have caused 73 flight cancellations at San Francisco International Airport this morning, an airport duty manager said.           

Most of the cancellations -- 36 arrivals and 37 departures -- are short-haul flights heading to and from airports in Orange County, Monterey, Santa Barbara and other West Coast destinations, duty manager Nancie Parkersaid.           

Parker said that as of 11 a.m., other arriving and departing flights were averaging about an hour delay. Earlier this morning, arriving flights were delayed by as long as three and a half hours.           

The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented its flow-control program for SFO because of the weather, slowing the rate of arrivals. The program will be in effect throughout the day, Parker said.           

Parker said the forecast calls for the stormy weather to continuefor several days, but that today and Thursday are expected to have the heaviest rainfall.The weather has not caused any notable delays into or out of Mineta San Jose and Oakland international airports.

--Bay City News Service

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