Hurricane Sandy troubles travelers at ABIA
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Hundreds of other travelers are in the same boat as Adam Cobb, who went to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Sunday to find his flight to JFK had been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.
"I was trying to look at the bright side of things, then I just sat down and was like, ‘This is awful, this is awful, like what am I going to do?’" he said. "And what's worse – everything is canceled Monday, everything is canceled Tuesday, Wednesday everything is fully booked. So the closest thing I could get was Thursday night, Thursday night!"
Thursday is enough time for Hurricane Sandy to potentially devastate the East Coast.
Airlines have canceled all flights from ABIA to New York, Boston, D.C. and Baltimore indefinitely.
"The weather is so unpredictable that this thing could carry itself out for a matter of days. If there is any damage or long-term effects, that could affect flights going in and out of there as well," ABIA spokesman Jason Zeilinski said.
While some travelers are stuck in Austin, some locals are headed right into the storm.
Twenty-five Pike Electric workers headed for Maryland Monday by truck to help restore power to residential customers in the northeast.
"It's real exciting, keeps the blood pumping," Fabian Barrera with Pike Electric said.
Strong winds and rain will definitely make it an adventure for the Pike crew, but for those who are stranded, the thought of it makes being stuck here not such a bad deal.
"I guess I'll just try to enjoy the sunshine,” Cobb said. “I can't paddleboard in New York right now, so maybe I'll do that, maybe some bike riding."
Airport officials urge stranded passengers to check their flight status before heading to the airport.
Tune into YNN's weather on the 8s for Hurricane Sandy updates.