BANGOR

With Maine bracing for what could be a record-breaking blizzard, numerous flights into and out of the state’s two major airports already have been canceled.

Bangor International Airport reported Monday all flights for the day, except Allegiant Air’s 6:15 p.m. departure to St. Petersburg, Fla., have been canceled.

Portland International Jetport also reported numerous cancellations on Monday morning.

About eight departures out of Portland scheduled for Monday were canceled, along with 14 arriving flights out of major hubs such as Atlanta, Detroit and Philadelphia.

The jetport announced later Monday that all of today’s departures have been canceled.

All of Bangor International Airport’s departures scheduled for today have been canceled as well, according to Airport Director Tony Caruso.

The terminal building will be open.

The National Weather Service has much of the state under a blizzard warning, including all coastal counties as well as Androscoggin, Kennebec and southern Penobscot counties. Those areas are expected to get between 18 and 24 inches of snow. The blizzard warnings are expected to remain in effect until Wednesday morning.

A winter storm warning is listed for the remainder of the state.

The Coast Guard is urging mariners to be prepared, and crews are prepared for the worst, according to a statement.

Wind gusts on the water could reach up to 80 mph, making this an extremely dangerous storm to be on the ocean.

The American Red Cross also offered help- ful storm tips, including having plenty of food, water and flashlights, making sure all mobile devices are fully charged, bringing pets indoors and not using generators inside homes or other enclosed areas.

Emera Maine’s storm response team is ready with fueled-up trucks, snow sleds and ATVs, and employees are on standby.

Customers should assure all driveways and side roads are plowed so crews can easily partake in restoration efforts.

The Amtrak Downeaster train, which runs between Brunswick and Boston, is also canceling all service for today.

The state Department of Transportation is asking residents to limit driving to essential travel only. Many cities also have parking bans.

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