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East Coasts residents brace for storm as others clean up

By DAN SEWELL Modified: December 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm •  Published: December 27, 2012

More than 1,200 flights were canceled by midday, according to, and some airlines said they would waive change fees.

Delays of more than an hour were reported Wednesday at the three New York City-area airports, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

In Arkansas, some of the nearly 200,000 people who lost power could be without it for as long as a week because of snapped poles and wires after ice and 10 inches of snow coated power lines, said the state's largest utility, Entergy Arkansas. Gov. Mike Beebe sent out National Guard teams, and Humvees transported medical workers and patients.

Winter fun

As usual, winter-sports enthusiasts welcomed the snow.

At Smiling Hill Farm in Maine, Warren Knight was hoping for enough snow to open the trails.

“We watch the weather more carefully for cross-country skiing than we do for farming. And we're pretty diligent about farming. We're glued to the weather radio,” said Knight, who described the weather at the 500-acre farm in Westbrook as being akin to the prizes in “Cracker Jacks — we don't know what we're going to get.”