Calif. storm forces airlines to delay

January 5, 2008 1:57:20 PM PST
Friday's storm and its powerful winds forced flight disruptions at airports across California.

Sacramento International Airport canceled 33 flights and delayed 78 others after gusts reached 66 mph, spokeswoman Gina Swankie says.

Departure delays also affected Los Angeles and San Francisco international airports. Flights were delayed more than two hours in San Francisco, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says.

Southwest Airlines canceled 75 flights nationwide, including three in San Francisco and 27 to or from Sacramento, where it is the major carrier.

Southwest spokeswoman Christi Day says delays are expected into Friday evening across the West Coast as the storm moves to the south and east.

Sacramento's airport operated on generator power for about seven hours Friday after a transformer blew.

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