US travel chaos: Thousands of flights cancelled as huge snow storm batters New York and Philadelphia

Thousands of flights in the US have been cancelled amid a huge snow storm.

Up to 60 million people are affected by the extreme weather in the North East, with many households from Philadelphia to New York losing electricity.

British tourists travelling to the US over the next few days face disruption as forecasters are predicting two feet of snow could fall in the region.

The storm – called the nor’easter – has brought thunder and lightning as well as wet, heavy snow as it makes its way up the coast.

Pedestrians struggle through the snow storm in New York (AP)

More than 1,900 flights have so far been cancelled in the New York city area, with almost 3,000 internal and international flights cancelled in total across the region.

Commuters have struggled to get to work in places due to the cancellation of many train and bus services.

Trees have been ripped down by the storm (Getty Images)

PECO, Pennsylvania’s largest electric firm, reported 120,000 outages, about 6,000 of which were left over from another major storm last week.

Gusts up to 60mph were forecast on Cape Cod, 45mph at the Jersey shore and 30mph around suburban Philadelphia.

There was disruption on the roads while some rail and bus services have been cancelled (Getty Images)

The wind knocked slush and snow off buildings and trees in Philadelphia and New York, forcing pedestrians to watch out.

Across the region, power lines and tree branches sagged precariously under the weight of the wet show.

A teacher was struck by lightning while holding an umbrella on bus duty outside a school in Manchester Township, New Jersey, police said. The woman felt a tingling sensation but didn’t lose consciousness. She was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. 

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