(AP/ News8) Several first responders from San Diego have already been dispatched to the East Coast to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Already, three members of San Diego Fire-Rescue's Search-and-Rescue team have flown toward the path of the storm. Representatives from San Diego's American Red Cross chapter are also on their way.
Meanwhile, travelers across the country are facing days of grief after Hurricane Irene forced the cancellation of thousands of flights.
Airlines scrapped more than 9,000 flights this weekend from North Carolina to Boston, grounding travelers as Irene churns up the East Coast. There were more than 3,800 cancellations on Saturday alone.
All New York City-area airports closed to arriving flights at noon on Saturday, when the city's public transportation system also shut down. The biggest airlines, United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc., canceled thousands of flights each.
Several airlines canceled flights scheduled for early next week as well. Hold times for airlines' customer service lines dragged on for hours.
Airlines declined to say how many passengers would be affected by the hurricane, but the numbers will likely reach into the millions. That's because so many flights, both domestic and international, make connections through major East Coast airports. Even passengers not flying anywhere near the East Coast could be delayed for days as airlines work to get planes and crews back into position.
Airlines were last hit with a natural disaster this winter, when they canceled thousands of flights ahead of a pair of huge snowstorms. The storms in December and February led to more than 10,000 cancellations over several days and left many thousands of people stranded at airports.
Airlines have been filling their flights much closer to capacity over the last year in an effort to be more efficient. That makes it harder for stranded passengers to find empty seats on new flights once the weather improves. Airlines waived ticket-change fees for most East Coast travelers affected by the storm. Some pushed off the $150 penalties for as much as a week to encourage travelers to make new arrangements.
American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said the airline already has canceled some flights for Monday. The airline is planning to resume flights in North Carolina and Virginia after noon today. She said it wasn't yet clear when flights in and out of New York would resume.
Hundreds of Helix High School students staged a walk- out Monday morning to protest police brutality after video emerged over the weekend on social media showing a La Mesa police officer on campus slamming a teenage girl to the ground.
Abusive and deadly – that is what activists on Monday called the current chokehold procedure practiced by San Diego Police officers.
Residents in Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood are upset after they said a party at a house being rented out through Airbnb got way out of hand.
Public safety personnel searched in vain Monday for a 27-year-old musician who fell off Crystal Pier over the weekend and disappeared into the ocean.
Traffic heading south on Interstate 5 toward the Mexican inspection station will be rerouted to a newly constructed roadway beginning Thursday as part of ongoing construction at the border.
A former Miramar-based Marine who drove drunk and caused a head-on freeway crash that killed two UCSD medical students was acquitted of murder Monday but convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI.
It's almost time for Torrey Pines Golf Course to shine in the national spotlight as the Farmers Insurance Open kick offs Thursday. Several events lead up to the tournament, including Charley Hoffman's charity tournament Monday where San Diego's own Phil Mickelson was paired with Chargers legend Rolf Benirschke. News 8's John Howard caught up with them on the course.
An apartment complex under construction in Rolando went up in flames Monday, causing extensive damage, injuring one person and sending a thick column of black smoke into the sky near San Diego State University.
Authorities Monday released the name of a 27-year old man who was fatally shot over the weekend in a Valencia Park-area neighborhood.
A man accused of stabbing his uncle to death in Pacific Beach was expected to appear in court Monday.