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Northeast airports reopen after Irene

Airports in New York City and the surrounding areas reopened for flight service Monday after Hurricane Irene hit New York over the weekend as a tropical storm.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that  John F. Kennedy International Airport reopened for arriving flights Monday at 7 a.m. and departures resumed at noon.  LaGuardia Airport reopened Monday at 6 a.m. and Newark's Liberty International Airport reopened for arrivals at 6 a.m. and departures at noon.

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All three airports were closed over the weekend for Irene, the first major storm forecast to seriously affect the United States in three years. Forecasters predicted the storm would hit New York on Sunday as a Category 1 storm carrying winds that could top 90 miles per hour, but it did not materialize at that strength. 

Boston's Logan International Airport said that normal operations there were expected to resume "Monday midday." The Boston airport never closed, but most airlines stopped flying there while Irene made its way up the East Coast.

Philadelphia Airport closed Sunday, but officials there also said flights resumed Monday. 

Aviation analysts estimate that more than 12,000 flights were canceled across the country because of the closures of airport in the northeast because of Irene. By the time the storm made it to New York, it had been downgraded to a tropical storm, which has winds that range from 39 to 73 mph.