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A screenshot of USA TODAY's weather page shows a long line of strong storms moving East on the afternoon of May 15, 2014. / USATODAY.com

Poor weather was snarling flights across the country Thursday afternoon, creating problems from Florida to the mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

Delays trumped cancellations as the major headache for fliers, with FlightAware.com counting a whopping 4,060 delayed flights nationwide as of 4:50 p.m. ET. About 495 fights had been canceled across the USA as of the same time.

Airports serving New York City, South Florida and Chicago were among those suffering the most-severe delays.

Among the problems:

New York City

Poor visibility was causing major delays at all three of the metro area's big airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's flight-delay map. As of 4 p.m. ET, delays averaged about 90 minutes at LaGuardia and JFK. At Newark Liberty, delays were averaging nearly 4 hours as of 4 p.m. ET.

More than 10% of flights at Newark had been canceled another 15%-18% delayed, according to FlightAware. Cancellations were minimal at JFK and LaGuardia, but roughly 15% of Tuesday's flights had been delayed at JFK and about 20% at LaGuardia as of 4 p.m. ET.

Florida

The FAA cited "thunderstorms" as the cause for delays averaging about an hour at both Miami and Fort Lauderdale as of 4 p.m. ET. Backups in Orlando were averaging about 30 minutes.

Cancellations were relatively minor at all three airports, but about 20% of Thursday's Orlando flights had been delayed, according to FlightAware. At Miami, at 15% of flights had suffered delays and about 10%-15% at Fort Lauderdale.

Chicago

The FAA cited "wind" as the cause for delays averaging about an hour at Chicago O'Hare as of 4 p.m. ET.

Cancellations were relatively minor at O'Hare, but about 1 out of every 4 flights was delayed, according to FlightAware. No significant problems were being reported at Chicago Midway.

Washington and Baltimore airports

Thunderstorms blocking flight paths were creating delays averaging up to 75 minutes at Washington Reagan National (DCA), the FAA's flight-delay map showed at 4:50 p.m. ET.

Cancellations were not a major problem as of 4:50 p.m. ET, but delays were affecting a high number flights. Close to 1 out of every 4 flights had been delayed at Baltimore/Washington International, FlightAware reports at 4:50 p.m. ET. Delays had slowed about 15% of Thursday's flights at DCA and more than 10% Washington Dulles.

With a long line of severe storms approaching the area, problems appeared likely to worsen at the region's three big airports Thursday evening.

Atlanta
Thunderstorms blocking flight paths were creating delays averaging up to 30 minutes at Atlanta, according to the FAA's flight-delay map. About 9% of the airport's Thursday flights had been delayed as of 4 p.m., according to FlightAware.

Philadelphia

Thunderstorms blocking flight paths were creating delays averaging up to 30 minutes at Philadelphia, the FAA's flight-delay map showed at 4:50 p.m. ET. However, with a long line of severe storms approaching the area, problems appeared likely to worsen Thursday evening. Already, about 1 out of every 5 flights had been delayed there on Thursday.



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