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Terrifying moment a plane skids off a snow-covered runway during Storm Kenan at Chicago airport

TERRIFYING video shows the moment a jumbo jet skidded off the snow-covered runway at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

The China Airlines Cargo 747 crashed into crates as Hurricane Kenan made landfall in the Northeast and New England, shutting down thousands of flights.

A China Airlines Cargo 747 crashes into crates after it skids off the snow-covered runway at Chicago's O'Hare Airport

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A China Airlines Cargo 747 crashes into crates after it skids off the snow-covered runway at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport
Thousands of flights across the US have been canceled as Hurricane Kenan makes landfall in the northeast

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Thousands of flights across the US have been canceled as Hurricane Kenan makes landfall in the northeastCredit: Reuters

One of the two cargo boxes was sucked into the left engine and smoked. The plane came to a halt after being shaken by the impact.

The Chicago Fire Department said no injuries were reported.

The storm also made traveling on the ground dangerous as up to two inches per hour could hit major cities like New York City, where it was about eight inches. The eastern end of Long Island can grow up to 18 inches.

“This is very severe storm,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said at a press conference. “This can be life-threatening.”

In Massachusetts, the highest reported snowfall amounted to 22.5 inches in Norton.

The US New England region is expected to be hardest hit, with forecasters predicting the total could beat the record 27.6 inches set in 2003.

Some forecasters are estimating a total of 30 inches in parts of Massachusetts and there is a chance that coastal flooding could threaten the Port of Boston.

More than 3,500 flights were canceled on Saturday in the United States, including most to or from Boston and another 1,000 in the New York City area.

Read ours Winter Storm Kenan Live Blog for latest update

According to the National Weather Service, freeze warnings have been issued as far as southern Florida, warning “scattered to iguanas isolated from trees” as cold temperatures temporarily paralyze lizards.

“Heavy snowfall and strong winds will spread from the Mid-Atlantic coast to the Northeast coast throughout the day,” the NWS said in a news release.

“The combination of heavy snow rates and strong winds will create hazardous blizzard conditions over parts of the Mid-Atlantic coast and New England, from the East Coast of Virginia to Eastern Maine.”

The NWS said Friday that the storm will be “historic” for the New England area. Snowstorm warnings have been issued for more than 10 million people in most coastal areas from Maryland to Maine.

More than 78,000 customers are without power in Massachusetts, according to PowerOutage.Us. Cape Cod was hit the hardest with nearly a third of customers dealing with power outages.

All Acela train service between DC and New York/Boston has been canceled by Amtrak.

“Travel is not encouraged through [Saturday] NWS New York City office said. “If you must travel, exercise extreme caution and bring a winter survival kit.”

“Go home safely tonight, stay home for the weekend, avoid any non-essential travel,” Hochul said in a statement.

Chicago, New York City and Boston were all covered by inches of snow from Hurricane Kenan

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Chicago, New York City and Boston were all covered by inches of snow from Hurricane KenanCredit: Getty Images – Getty
People are being urged to stay off the roads, if possible

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People are being urged to stay off the roads, if possibleCredit: AP

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Bobby Allyn

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