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Wednesday July 1st, 2015 11:43PM

Storm's remnants not causing major problems in Ga.; Hall Co. reports 3 downed trees

By The Associated Press
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ATLANTA (AP) -- The remnants of a pre-Thanksgiving storm that swept through Georgia didn't appear to be causing major delays Wednesday on highways and airport runways as travelers headed to holiday destinations.

Despite winds that were whipping up gusts of 37 mph around noon Wednesday, most flights were arriving and departing with no major delays at Atlanta's airport, the world's busiest. Several flights to and from Philadelphia and metro New York's three major airports were delayed, the airport's flight monitors showed.

For the first time this fall, crews had to de-ice jets in the early morning hours, which caused departing planes to be delayed by 20 to 40 minutes, said Louis Miller, aviation general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. But things were moving well by late in the morning and no major problems were expected the rest of the day, Miller said.

Wednesday was expected to be the second-busiest day for Hartsfield-Jackson International, with Sunday projected to be the busiest of the Thanksgiving holiday period, Miller said.

At the airport, traveler Andrea Aguilera, 35, arrived from Los Angles to spend Thanksgiving with loved ones.

She had to reschedule her flight because she booked it for the week before, thinking that was Thanksgiving.

"So I had to take a red-eye last night which is such a challenging way to travel, trying to sleep on the plane. And getting in here so early that no one's around to pick you up," Aguilera said. "So I feel like it's just all part of the crazy holiday travel. You just do what you have to do to get home."

Caleb Neuhalfen, 19, was traveling with seven other recent graduates of basic training at Georgia's Ft. Benning. They were heading to different Army bases around the nation.

"Last night we didn't get much sleep, we were cleaning our bays and getting ready for today," he said. "So most of us have about one hour of sleep in us so far. So, most of us are ready to get on the plane and just sleep and relax for the rest of the day."

About 1.24 million Georgians were expected to travel at least 50 miles during the Thanksgiving holiday period, said Jessica Brady, a spokeswoman with AAA. She said the vast majority -- 1.12 million -- planned to drive. Many others were flying or traveling by train or bus.

"We don't foresee the weather changing people's overall vacation plans -- it might take a little more time to get where they're going," Brady said.

Before daybreak Wednesday, several parked cars were covered with a light coat of snow at a gas station along I-85 in Hogansville, about 55 miles southwest of Atlanta. Though it was light, the snow slowed travel on I-85 but the little amount of snow that fell quickly disappeared after sunrise.

In the Gainesville area, Hall County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) spokesman Scott Cagle said there were no major problems despite some early morning rain and strong winds all day. He did say EMA got three calls about downed trees. As of 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, the top wind gust reported at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville was 38 miles-an-hour.

(AccessNorthGa.com's Ken Stanford and Alyson Shields contributed to this story.)
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