3 tractor-trailers jackknife in Union City, cause hours of delays on I-85 – The Atlanta Journal Constitution



3 tractor-trailers jackknife in Union City, cause hours of delays on I-85   The Atlanta Journal Constitution



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overturned semi causes southbound delays


UPDATE: All lanes are clear and open on Highway 99 at Norris Road following a big rig collision, according to Caltrans.

— Editor’s note: This post has been edited with updates.


Overturned semi hauling carrots delays traffic on southbound Hwy 99

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A semi-truck hauling carrots overturned on Monday morning around 11:27 a.m., delaying traffic on southbound Highway 99. Traffic is backed up for approximately seven miles, according to Caltrans.

The collision happened on southbound Highway 99 and Norris Road, according to CHP. The highway is down to one lane.

A photo taken by 17 News shows the semi-truck almost falling off an embankment and carrots are seen spilled over onto the grass.

Just last week, another overturned truck spilled carrots on State Route 33.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.





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Flight Canceled? Tips For Handling Travel Delays


Flights are continuing to be canceled as airlines struggle with pandemic-related staffing woes. Thousands of flights have been affected, and there is no end in sight to the disruptions. As airlines continue to try to accommodate stranded passengers, the Better Business Bureau® (BBB®) provides guidance to travelers who may be seeking compensation and refunds for cancellations.

When a consumer is flying domestically in the United States, rules regarding flight delays and cancellations are overseen by the US Department of Transportation. In general, there are no U.S. federal laws requiring airlines to provide passengers with compensation for a delayed flight. In Canada, see the flights and delays cancellations guide. Airlines may have their own policies and may provide better benefits if a flight was canceled or significantly delayed within the airline’s scope of control. Consumers may have additional benefits if they purchased the flight with a credit card that offers additional travel protections. Check the cardholder agreement and with the airline. Consumers should keep receipts for extra purchases, like a hotel room, so they can submit them to their airline or credit card company for reimbursement later. Typically, nearly all domestic airlines will try to accommodate passengers on the next available flight, and sometimes on a different carrier.

When flights are canceled by the airline, consumers are always entitled to a full refund. This includes a refund of any bag fees or extras, such as additional legroom, for a seat. If the airline offers a voucher in lieu of a refund, ask about expiration and blackout dates. Airlines may also have additional restrictions on the use of vouchers. Consumers are not obligated to accept vouchers and may insist on a full refund instead. If the trip was canceled by the consumer, however, they may not be entitled to a full refund.

BBB is asking consumers to keep the following tips in mind when handling travel disruptions:

  • Check delays – Travelers can check their latest flight information on their carrier’s website or via the airline’s telephone reservation system. Many times, delays don’t occur until the day of the flight and the airline must update its flight information within 30 minutes of receiving a notice of a status change. 
  • Check carrier and credit card terms – While federal regulations don’t require airlines to reimburse expenses such as rooms or food in the event a flight is canceled or severely delayed, the carrier and credit card companies may have different policies. Purchase tickets with a credit card that offers trip protection or travelers insurance and check individual airline policies.
  • Keep documentation – Keep receipts and records for expenses incurred as a result of a significantly delayed or canceled flight. These may be needed later to recover expenses.
  • Check the carrier’s website – Most airlines allow consumers to initiate refunds directly on the carrier’s website. Using a website may help a consumer obtain a refund or rebook a trip much faster than waiting for a consumer service agent in person or on the phone.
  • Rules are different for foreign flights – Flights that were canceled while in another country will be affected by the laws of that nation. Check with the local country’s department of transportation while traveling internationally.

Sources: BBB.org & BBB of Greater Cleveland

As the Omicron variant spreads, be wary of coronavirus cons. Read BBB’s alert about COVID-19 testing scams. To report a scam, go to the BBB Scam Tracker. To find trustworthy businesses, go to https://www.bbb.org.



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Holiday Travel Plagued By Flight Delays And Cancellations Across The U.S. |


...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON EST
SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Sustained winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph
expected. Locally higher gusts to 60 mph possible, especially in
the higher elevations of north Georgia.

* WHERE...Much of west-central and north Georgia.

* WHEN...From midnight tonight to noon EST Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.
Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be very
difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around
trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of
your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if
you must drive.

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Winter Storm Izzy: Prepare for Travel Delays, Icy Roads | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel


  • Crews are prepping equipment and pre-treating roadways in several areas.
  • Southwest Airlines issued a travel advisory for some Midwest airports.
  • The storm will bring snow, ice and cold across a wide swath of the U.S.

Road crews are pre-treating interstates and other major thoroughfares, airlines are warning of travel delays and shoppers are stocking up on supplies as a winter storm threatens to bring snow, ice, wind and frigid temperatures across a wide swath of the U.S. over the upcoming holiday weekend.

Southwest Airlines issued a travel advisory for Friday and Saturday in parts of the Midwest and said it will waive change fees for flights to, from or through airports in Des Moines, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Omaha and St. Louis.

The storm was named Izzy by The Weather Channel.

(FORECAST: Winter Storm Izzy to Spread Mess of Snow, Ice from Midwest into South and East into MLK Weekend)

Kansas City’s snowplow map showed crews active on several city streets Thursday. Some schools in the region closed Thursday and Friday, but that was due to issues related to COVID-19.

“This quick-moving winter storm will dive southeastward from the Dakotas to the Ozarks from Friday into early Saturday with a quick hit of snow. A narrow zone of 5-10” of snow is expected from the eastern Dakotas to northern Missouri,” weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles said Thursday evening.

Then the storm will barrel into the Southeast.

“This will lead to snow for some and ice for others, and for parts of Georgia and the Carolinas, it means rapidly changing conditions from snow to ice and possibly back again,” Belles said. “Saturday and Sunday will be nasty for driving in some of these spots, but the last part of the holiday weekend on Monday will give some drier and warmer weather. Be prepared for bad road conditions and the possibility of losing power from north Georgia to the inland Carolinas.”

The Georgia Department of Transportation has more than 50,000 tons of salt and about 46,000 tons of gravel on hand, as well as 407 snow removal dump trucks.

“Winter weather is predicted in North Georgia and metro Atlanta this weekend. GDOT is preparing brine operations, equipment, materials, and staff to respond to the threat,” the agency said in a tweet. “We will continue to monitor conditions as the storm evolves.”

A GDOT official told The Weather Channel Thursday that people in affected areas should stay home and avoid travel.

In the Richmond, Virginia, area crews were prepping equipment and pretreating interstates and other major roadways Thursday.

(MORE: Five Things to Know About Snow and Ice in the South)

Snow, possibly mixed with sleet and freezing rain, will also spread into the mid-Atlantic states Sunday, then into much of the rest of the Northeast Sunday night.

While shoppers stocked up on the usual bread, milk and other goods, one expert warned that the storm could impact the already stressed U.S. supply chain.

”From an impact perspective, with this kind of weather scenario, all it would take is an accident or two for major Interstate closures to occur,” Francisco Alvarez, lead meteorologist for trucking network Convoy, told weather.com in an email Thursday.

Alvarez cited Midwest highways as a major concern, for example

“Basically if you could make a box between Omaha, Sioux Falls, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Des Moines, that will be the most dangerous travel area for truckers,” as Izzy moves through the region, he said.

All drivers need to be aware in areas the storm will pass through.

Here are some driving safety tips and other winter storm advice issued ahead by the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management ahead of the storm:

-Avoid unnecessary travel in affected areas. If you must travel, make sure your vehicle is in good working condition, your cell phone is charged and extra blankets and snacks are packed in case of delays.

-If you lose power, know how to report the outage to your utility company and have alternate, safe means of staying warm.

-Wrap exposed pipes or take other measures to insulate them from the cold and prevent freezing, which cause pipes to burst.

-If you have a fireplace, have plenty of dry seasoned wood.

-Winter is the most active season for house fires. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.

-Practice proper carbon monoxide safety: Vent kerosene heaters, do not burn charcoal indoors and keep portable generators outdoors away from windows and doors.

-Have a stock of batteries.

-Keep pets and domestic animals in a warm place with access to food and water.

-Check on anyone who may need extra help during winter weather.

The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.





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How weather delays Impact Oregon road travel | News


We have seen road closures and pass closures all over Washington and Oregon. Early this week we had highways shut down in Oregon due to wind, snow, ice, and landslides.

All the state highways shut down in Umatilla county one day this week because of wintry conditions. Parts of I-84 closed several times in various parts of the state.

I-84 is a major route with lots of traffic, and traffic varies.

The Oregon Department sees roughly 10-11,000 vehicles traveling on I-84 at any given time. In busier times, around sometimes 15 to 16,000 a day.

Tom Strandberg, a Public Information Officer for the Oregon Department of Transportation, says in eastern Oregon, 40 to 50 percent of those vehicles are semi-trucks.

“So you can imagine when the freeway shuts down for a few hours you’ve got X number of vehicles going by there if its 5,000 trucks a day and you break that down into hours you have several hundred trucks that could be impacted,” said Strandberg.

Strandberg is urging truck drivers to pay attention to chain-up warnings because he says many closures happen as a result of those larger truck crashes.

To learn more about the cost of travel delays, click here. stay up to date with road information in Oregon, click here.



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Traffic congestion leads to massive delays on I-40 on Friday | News


NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Drivers were stand still in Lebanon on Friday afternoon after there was slow going on Interstate 40 at least three different locations. 

Tennessee Highway Patrol reported they were not made aware of any crashes, but the interstate was “hazardous and moving slow.”

Traffic plagued the I-40 roadway following the record-breaking snowstorm on Thursday. The entire interstate was stopped for more than one hour. There are currently no injuries reported.

Driver Ronnie Moore told News 4 he was stuck in the traffic for three hours.

“I was coming from Arkansas and into Nashville and it’s been bumper to bumper to bumper,” Moore said.

I came the back street because they gave me another route now. I’m back over here in traffic.”

For majority of the drive on I-40 east near exit 245, drivers were in stop and go traffic because of multiple wrecks.

“It’s dangerous. You can get killed out here,” Moore said. “I saw a big wheeler turned over like eight miles up the street.”

Over in Sumner County, cars spun out and several were left abandoned on Highway 386 between Indian Lake Boulevard and Saudnersville Road in Hendersonville.

Moore said Friday night he’s not going to take the risk of finishing his road trip and advised others to avoid the icy conditions.

“If you don’t have to come out don’t come out,” Moore said. “The only reason I’m going is because I got to go to Virginia because my son is having an operation-if you don’t have to come out please don’t come out.”

Temperatures this evening are expected to remain below freezing so many of the roadways will iced over again.



After several accidents yesterday, TDOT officials continue to survey the roads to see if they are safe for drivers to travel











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Flight delays, cancelations at TPA increase due to winter weather, COVID-19


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The airline watchdog site FlightAware tracked more than 100 canceled or delayed flights at Tampa International Airport on Friday.

Suzanne Pendleton and her husband had their flight to Denver canceled.

“We are supposed to be caring for our grandchildren. We have an infant and a two-year-old and they’re counting on us to be there,” Pendleton said.

Dara Omahony and his family are depending on a series of flights to get home to Ireland.

“We’ve just come from Clearwater and we are due to fly back to Ireland and so we have a flight from here to Boston and then from Boston we are due to go to Dublin, but our flight now to Boston, we believe due to weather which is canceled or delayed until 3:00, which means we won’t get our second flight. The best-case scenario is we are going to be three hours later because there is another flight a little later on. The worst-case scenario is we are here another day and the kids might miss a little bit of school,” Omahony said.

Lori Judd is a travel professional with Prestige Travel Vacations and says people should reconsider using a travel agent.

“You can mitigate some of that difficulty by using a travel advisor to help mitigate the stress and changes and changing travel restrictions, because that’s what we do, we have to keep up with all of that,” said Judd who is also strongly urging people to purchase travel insurance before they go.

“That is going to help you, provide you with a different flight if that does happen, if you don’t have trip insurance then you are at the mercy of the airlines,” said Judd.



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Flight canceled? Tips for handling travel delays


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BBB

Flights are continuing to be canceled as airlines struggle with
pandemic-related staffing woes. Thousands of flights have been affected,
and there is no end in sight to the disruptions. As airlines continue
to try to accommodate stranded passengers, the Better Business Bureau® (BBB®) provides guidance to travelers who may be seeking compensation and refunds for cancellations.

When a consumer is flying domestically in the United States, rules regarding flight delays and cancellations are overseen by the US Department of Transportation. In Canada, complaints about flight delays are handled by the Canadian Transportation Agency
In general, there are no U.S. federal laws requiring airlines to
provide passengers with compensation for a delayed flight. In Canada,
see the flights and delays cancellations guide.
Airlines may have their own policies and may provide better benefits if
a flight was canceled or significantly delayed within the airline’s
scope of control. Consumers may have additional benefits if they
purchased the flight with a credit card that offers additional travel
protections. Check the cardholder agreement and with the airline. Consumers should keep receipts
for extra purchases, like a hotel room, so they can submit them to
their airline or credit card company for reimbursement later. Typically,
nearly all domestic airlines will try to accommodate passengers on the
next available flight, and sometimes on a different carrier.

When flights are canceled by the airline, consumers are always entitled to a full refund.
This includes a refund of any bag fees or extras, such as additional
legroom, for a seat. If the airline offers a voucher in lieu of a
refund, ask about expiration and blackout dates.
Airlines may also have additional restrictions on the use of vouchers.
Consumers are not obligated to accept vouchers and may insist on a full
refund instead. If the trip was canceled by the consumer, however, they may not be entitled to a full refund.

BBB is asking consumers to keep the following tips in mind when handling travel disruptions:

  1. Check delays – Travelers can check their latest
    flight information on their carrier’s website or via the airline’s
    telephone reservation system. Many times, delays don’t occur until the
    day of the flight and the airline must update its flight information
    within 30 minutes of receiving a notice of a status change. 
  2. Check carrier and credit card terms – While federal
    regulations don’t require airlines to reimburse expenses such as rooms
    or food in the event a flight is canceled or severely delayed, the
    carrier and credit card companies may have different policies. Purchase
    tickets with a credit card that offers trip protection or travelers
    insurance and check individual airline policies.
  3. Keep documentation – Keep receipts and records for
    expenses incurred as a result of a significantly delayed or canceled
    flight. These may be needed later to recover expenses.
  4. Check the carrier’s website – Most airlines allow
    consumers to initiate refunds directly on the carrier’s website. Using a
    website may help a consumer obtain a refund or rebook a trip much
    faster than waiting for a consumer service agent in person or on the
    phone.
  5. Rules are different for foreign flights – Flights
    that were canceled while in another country will be affected by the laws
    of that nation. Check with the local country’s department of
    transportation while traveling internationally.

As the Omicron variant spreads, be wary of coronavirus cons. Read BBB’s alert about COVID-19 testing scams.

Read BBB’s tips to travel safely on your vacation.

For the latest information, BBB recommends consumers visit BBB.org.

BBB of Greater Cleveland contributed to this article.



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