Transcript for Powerful storms impacting holiday travels
But it's turned into a real travel nightmare for millions, trying to get home. The same system now slamming the northeast tonight, and it's been deadly. First, the major blizzard across the plains and the great Lakes. A bus spinning out, that's I-35 in Iowa. Traffic at a standstill in near whiteout conditions. Hundreds of flights cancels again tonight out of Chicago's o'hare airport. The ripple effect across the country. And right now, more than 30 million Americans are now under flooding and wind alerts. Cars under water. That's downtown Philadelphia. Flood and wind worries as far north as bonns to tonight. There is the storm as it blasted its way across the country. There are major delays at all of the New York area airports tonight. And ABC's gio Benitez leads us off from Laguardia. Reporter: Tonight, that powerful storm stranding holiday travelers on frozen roads and at packed airports, now drenching the busy I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to New Jersey to New York City. You're talking about rainfall rates over an inch an hour here. Reporter: Blizzard conditions grinding travel to a halt across the midwest on the busiest travel day of the year. At Chicago's o'hare airport, more than 2,000 flights canceled since Sunday. Our Alex Perez found Danny koutlemanis still trying to get home to Colorado this morning. I've been bumped twice. I can't even rent a car. We are literally driving and cannot see anything. Reporter: Blizzard conditions closing most of interstate 70 in Kansas. Some drivers abandoning their cars. Drivers stuck on route 75 in Nebraska too, and on interstate 80, high winds ripping the top off this 18-wheeler. There was record snow in Rockford, Illinois, where multiple vehicles including a snow plow caught fire. And adding to the misery, passengers on this amtrak train from New York to Boston, normally a four-hour trip, were strandedster 11 hours after the train lost power. I can't believe we finally made it. I mean, not as bad as being stuck on a plane, but I'm just glad to be back. What a mess tonight. Gio Benitez is live from Laguardia. The delays and cancellations are starting to pile up? Reporter: They really are, David. Taking a look at the boards now, we are seeing so many flights canceled or delayed. We're looking right now across this country at more than 5,000 delays, 1,500 cancellations. David? Gio, thank you. Let's the track of this system tonight. Rob Marciano live along the west side highway tonight. Hey, rob. Reporter: Hi, David. This has been a powerfully stacked storm, from top to bottom in the atmosphere. Now we have a secondary low kicking in. Check it out on the satellite picture. Shows you how expansive this system is. Now we have flood alerts that range from Maryland and new Jersey, along the new England coastline. There's a lot of rain on the warm side of this. Eastern Massachusetts seeing its wettest fall on record. More rain coming tonight. That should clearly 7:00 A.M. In Albany, it turns to snow. Significant snowfall. And then lake effect snow behind this. A lot of cold air. Another epic November storm, David. And winter hasn't even started yet. Unfortunate reminder. Rob Marciano, thank you. We move on to other news
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