Flight cancellations, utility crews mobilized amid threat of 'historic' Nor'easter

Much of the Northeast is bracing for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later Monday. A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast.

We're already starting to see some of the ripple effects here at home. A number of flights at Detroit Metro Airport have already been delayed or canceled. 

As many as 1,700 flights are expected to be canceled throughout the day across the country. 

Powerful winds, coastal flooding and power outages are also expected in the storm. Some utility crews from Michigan are heading to the area to be available to assist with the aftermath. 

More than 50 Consumers Energy employees are being mobilized. The utility crews, technicians, mechanics and supervisors from around Michigan plan to travel east on Monday from Dundee. Another 100 contractors also are expected to be available.

The workers will travel initially to New York state, but will go where needed. The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says the workers could be in the Northeast a week or more.

The snow from this nor'easter is not expected to hit the metro Detroit area. 

LINK: Click here for the latest metro Detroit forecast 

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