Dozens of flights intended to depart from Boston Logan International Airport were cancelled as Hurricane Lee, now a post-tropical cyclone, passed offshore of Massachusetts on Saturday.
More than 90 flights originating from Logan were cancelled amid the post-tropical cyclone, whose southern tip continues to hover near Nantucket as it moves north toward Canada, according to the flight status section of Massport’s website.
“Due to expected weather conditions, passengers are advised to check with their airline on the status of their flight before coming to the airport,” Massport’s website says.
Lee, which was moving north near Canada at 25 mph with sustained winds of 80 mph, was expected to bring damaging wind gusts as high as 60 mph to Cape Cod and Nantucket. Minor flooding, large waves with dangerous rip currents and toppled trees and power lines were possible along the Massachusetts coastline as well.
Nantucket is likely to experience isolated power outages from wind conditions and street flooding from heavy rains and high tides, the town and county said in a statement. Both National Grid and Verizon have extra staff on the island to address any problems. Significant disruptions to travel to and from the island were expected Saturday and possibly Sunday as well.
Dukes County, which encompasses Martha’s Vineyard, urged everyone who plans to travel on or off the island this weekend to closely monitor The Steamship Authority ferry company’s website. Officials encouraged people who needed to travel to do so before Friday, when conditions worsened.
Companies that called off flights Saturday included Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Air Canada, Cape Air, Jet Blue, United.
In anticipation of the severe weather in the eastern part of New England due to Lee, Jet Blue said it will waive flight change and cancellation fees and fare differences for customers traveling Friday through Sunday from Boston, Portland and Providence.
Cape Air passengers traveling Friday through Sunday are also invited to change to any alternative flight through Monday, Sept. 25 without additional fees. The airline noted it is closely monitoring the storm’s progress and encouraged all travelers to plan their trips accordingly and check for updates on their flights.
“Forecasts currently expect tropical storm conditions in Eastern New England states to continue throughout the day Saturday, into the overnight hours,” the airline said in an alert Friday. “These high winds and driving rains may result in delays and/or flight disruptions as early as Friday, throughout Saturday, and potentially into Sunday.”