Some holiday flights delayed in Myrtle Beach

akelley@thesunnews.comDecember 20, 2012 

— Holiday travelers may have trouble getting from town to town this Christmas.

Several flights headed to Myrtle Beach International Airport from Atlanta are delayed Thursday, and one from Charlotte was canceled.

Travelers leaving Myrtle Beach have just one canceled flight to worry about tonight.

See the list of departures here, and arrivals here.

The only airport announcing delays due to weather is the Chicago OHare International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Departing flights are experiencing averaged delays about two and a half hours due to wind and weather conditions.

Drivers may catch a slight break. The average price for regular fuel dropped 9 cents nationally over the last week from $3.30 to $3.21, according to the AAA fuel gauge.

In Myrtle Beach, the average price of regular gas is $2.97 Thursday, compared to $2.98 yesterday and more than $3 last week.

Weather may affect travelers across the country. According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. forecasters in the central part of the country are tracking a powerful system with widespread impacts including blizzard conditions, severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and fire weather conditions.

Thunderstorms are possible in Myrtle Beach overnight Thursday mainly before 3 a.m. Friday with as much as a half inch of rain possible, according to the NWS. It will be windy too, with a south wind between 18 and 22 mph.

The storms will bring cooler, breezy weather into Friday with temperatures about 47 degrees dropping to 31 degrees at night.

Lightweight Christmas decorations could be destroyed or blown away, the NWS said and driving on north-south oriented roads may become difficult with sudden and strong wind gusts Thursday night.

Sporadic power outages are also possible.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381.

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