Amtrak Issues Warning To American Travelers

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( – Amtrak has warned that trains on the Northeast Corridor might be delayed by up to an hour on Sunday due to the high temperatures. 

This week there has been an extreme heatwave in the Northeast and Midwest with the temperatures having almost reached triple digits over the weekend. 

As the company explained the steel tracks were expanded due to the high temperatures which made the risk of derailment or track failures higher. As such the train speeds are lowered in order to ensure people’s safety. 

The company claimed that the delays would come to an end at around 7:30 p.m. when the temperatures were expected to go down. These types of delays are also common in the subway and rail services. The Washington Metro had been brought down to a 35 mph maximum speed from 65 mph because of the heat. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast found that the heat wave is set to continue into the week as the temperatures in the East Coast are expected to be in the 90s. 

AccuWeather meteorologists have similarly predicted that on Sunday there is going to be a drop in the temperatures following the heat wave which could result in a thunderstorm. The company’s senior meteorologist Brett Anderson argued that this change in the pattern is going to cause an increase in thunderstorm activity in the Midwest and Northeast. He added that the cooler air will first reach New England before the heat is pushed to the Southeast and Middle Atlantic.

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