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CNN Today

Major Storm Over Southeast Could Frustrate Super Bowl Travelers

Aired January 28, 2000 - 1:01 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: A major storm dumping snow on the Southeast may dump frustration on football fans. The storm left a foot of accumulation in parts of Mississippi and Arkansas. Now it Is spreading across Alabama and soon to Georgia, and heading for Atlanta, the site of Sunday's Super Bowl. Many Atlanta-area schools are already closed. Hundreds of flights have already been canceled, leaving some Bowl-bound travelers stuck.

Let's get the latest on all of this from CNN's Brian Cabell. He's at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport.

Brian, have you seen the first snowflake?

BRIAN CABELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We have not seen the first snowflake. There's a really peculiar situation here, Natalie, because we were told yesterday to expect somewhere in the neighborhood of one to three inches of snow on the ground here today. We have not seen a snowflake on the ground, a snowflake in the sky. But as a result of yesterday's projection, hundreds of flights were canceled into and out of Atlanta. This on Super Bowl weekend.

So, as a result, a couple of airlines just made a few cancellations. US Air and United tell us they've made only a handful of cancellations to Atlanta, but Delta Airlines, the major carrier here at Hartsfield, canceled about 40 percent of their flights.

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JOHN KENNEDY, DELTA AIRLINES SPOKESMAN: The cancellations were made bearing in mind the safety of the aircraft and obviously our passengers, and, secondly, the inconvenience of them. We truly didn't want to inconvenience people and strand them in Atlanta, this weekend particularly, without hotel rooms. So, no, I don't think that we regret it. We were certainly acting from a viewpoint of safety and convenience for our passengers.

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CABELL: Now as for tomorrow's flights, Delta says they will make a decision on that. And later on today, if the weather gets worse, which it's expected to, then they will cancel more flights. But, so far, those decisions have not been made. They also believe that most Super Bowl fans are already here. They think they've come in in the last couple of days. You can certainly hope so because, of course, the Super Bowl fans have paid hundreds if not thousands of dollars for their Super Bowl tickets, and of course they have reservations worth hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, as well.

So, again, the weather is fine now. It's chilly, 40 degrees, no snow, but apparently it will get worse. It'll be sloppy over the weekend. But the fans who are here will get into the Super Bowl just fine.

I'm Brian Cabell, CNN, live in Atlanta.

ALLEN: All right, Brian. I feel sorry for those folks who might have tickets in hand who can't get into Atlanta.

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