The travel disaster was the latest in a series of incidents beginning with Thursday's 'bomb cyclone' storm

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January 08, 2018 10:20 AM

A water main break at John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday forced officials to evacuate a terminal and cancel flights — escalating a series of blunders for the airport following closures and cancellations due to Thursday’s massive storm.

The water main break caused flooding in the airport’s Terminal 4 baggage claim, where piles of luggage were left amid the chaos unfolding at the airport due to the storm, according to CNN.

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On Twitter, JFK Airport said the flooding caused flight delays, “a shutdown of international flights into the terminal” and told passengers to check with their airlines.

A representative from JFK did not immediately answer a request for comment from Travel and Leisure.

Even before the water main break JFK was struggling to recover from Thursday’s Winter Storm Grayson, which tore through the East Coast and caused a slew of flight cancellations and travel delays. JFK closed Thursday as a result of the storm, and a number of passengers were still waiting for their flights over the weekend.

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The storm and extreme cold that continued into the weekend “created a cascading series of issues for the airlines and terminal operators,” which included frozen equipment, staffing shortages and luggage difficulty, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement Sunday.

Additionally, two planes collided at the airport Saturday, causing no injuries but more flight delays.

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