Thousands of travelers across the country are stranded as Sandy makes its way up the coast. As YNN's Megan Cruz reports, many of those travelers are at the Albany International Airport and have no idea when they'll be able to get back home.
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COLONIE, N.Y. -- "We're supposed to be home now," said traveler Ashley Redmond. "But we might not get home until Wednesday, Thursday, Friday."
What started as a girls' weekend in Manhattan ended up as a nightmare for two Wisconsin women.
"The one time that we decided to go have a vacation, we get a hurricane," said Redmond. "So we had a forced evacuation out of Manhattan."
Only to also find out that Sandy has also shut down the area's airports.
Redmond said, "We grabbed the very last train leaving Penn Station to Albany, the very last train out of New York City. We were the last two tickets available on it."
Only to find out again that their flight to Chicago from Albany has been cancelled.
"Now we might just cancel everything and get a rental car...and drive to Wisconsin," Redmond said.
Airport Spokesperson Doug Myers said Sandy has been sidelining a lot of plans. As of Monday afternoon at Albany International, already 70 flights had been cancelled. Airport management along with the TSA, FAA, and the sheriff's office met Monday morning to talk Sandy.
Myers said, "In some cases the government has opened up the military flight lanes off the Atlantic for flights to go around a nor'easter and get to Florida. In the case of this storm, it's just too big."
Myers said the airport will remain open but that wind is a big concern, with gusts as high as 60 mph expected until Tuesday night.
"Airplanes fly at over 500 mph so wind is not much of a challenge for them," said Myers. "However, if something gets loose on the field or a piece of metal strikes an aircraft..."
Cots have been set up for travelers stranded by Sandy. The women here say they're trying to take this all in stride.
Redmond said, "We're in Albany which we've never been in before, so it's exciting!"
Airport officials are urging travelers to keep in contact with their airlines or go to albanyairport.com for the latest updates.