MILLIONS of Americans could see travel delays this Thanksgiving and 43,000 California residents could experience power outages.
The American Automobile Association predicts more than 53million people will travel by air or on the road for the holiday, which could result in major delays.
Forecasters have also warned of a significant winter storm and cold front expected to hit the US Northeast and Midwest regions this week.
From Texas to Ohio, residents will experience a cold front that will bring rain showers, along with some snow showers for Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, on Thanksgiving day.
Temperatures rebound mostly back to normal by Thursday for much of the eastern half of the US.
New York residents will likely see temperatures in the low 40s.
Meanwhile, the National Safety Council estimates 515 people may die while on the roads during their holiday travel.
"If this estimate holds true, Thanksgiving 2021 will experience the most deaths since 2007," NSC reports.
"Holidays are traditionally a time of travel for families across the United States. Many choose car travel, which has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile."
In California, some county residents may have to plan their Thanksgiving feast without power.
The San Diego Gas & Electric company issued a warning to 43,000 customers who are at risk of losing power on Thursday.
The company claims the possible outage may be caused by wildfires ahead of potentially hazardous weather, including strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for San Diego County’s mountains and valleys starting Thursday morning through Friday evening.
The Transportation Security Administration expects airline passengers traveling for Thanksgiving this year to rebound to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels.
According to the American Automobile Association, nearly 54million Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving, up 13 percent from last year.
More than four million are predicted to travel by air and 48million on the roads.
TSA said it screened 6.33million people at US airports over a three-day stretch from Thursday through Saturday, with more than two million people screened each of those days.
November 19's checkpoint volume of 2,242,956 people was the highest the TSA has seen since passenger volume tanked in early 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In an interview with Good Morning America, TSA administrator David Pekoske said travelers should expect long lines at airports and plan to spend a little more time getting through security.
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