Business travelers brace for the impacts of Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012 3:10:07 PM

Business professionals across the country are holding their breath in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, one of the largest storms to hit major business centers like New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston and Philadelphia. Even in other parts of the country, business travel has been affected by large-scale flight delays.

Bloomberg News reported that nearly 10,000 flights will be delayed between October 29 and October 30. According to FlightAware, a Houston-based industry data provider, 6,870 flights were cancelled on October 29, and almost 2,670 are projected to be cancelled on October 20.

The weather's severity and corresponding flight cancellations will undoubtedly affect business travel. The Global Business Travel Association predicted that the weather will cause losses of about $675 million. The loss of travel tax revenues will amount to about $176 million.

The storm is forecasted to produce heavy rain, high winds, extreme tides, flooding and possible snow. Business travel rental car users will want to be particularly careful when driving in unfamiliar territory that may have been hit by the storm.

"The reason that so many people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the incredible power of water," the Department of Motor Vehicles says of driving on wet roads. "A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult."

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