With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast, airlines cancelled hundreds of flights yesterday. Now, the Port Authority is closing its three airports—Newark Liberty International, JFK International and Laguardia—starting at noon... partly because the MTA shutdown won't be able to convey travelers from the airport! Here's the Port Authority statement:

Due to Hurricane Irene, all Port Authority Airports will close to arriving domestic and international flights at noon [today]. The five airports will remain open for departing flights pending further updates. Please check with your carrier before coming to JFK. There will be limited mass transit access to the airport. The MTA will begin to shutdown all train, bus, and subway services throughout the city and on Long Island starting at 12:00 p.m. At the same time, NJ Transit will suspend all rail operations and at 6:00 p.m., all bus operations will be suspended. Visit the transit agencies websites for more up to date news on their operations. You can also visit www.panynj.com for updated info and weather for all Port Authority facilities.