LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The ripple effect of the first big storm of 2014 is reaching from the northeast and stranding holiday travelers in airports across the country, including right here at home.
Whether they were traveling by car or plane, a lot of post-holiday travelers had a frustrating time Thursday, thanks to the big storm.
“We had an email saying that my brother’s flight has landed, but the board hasn’t changed, so we don’t know for sure if he’s here or not,” Karen Sorrell explained as she waited outside security for her brother to arrive in Louisville.
A long morning for Sorrell turned into a long afternoon as she waited for her brother’s flight from Chicago. It was supposed to land in Louisville at 9:50 Thursday morning.
“Got a text from him saying, ‘Guess what, we haven’t left O’Hare yet and they’re taking us off the airplane’,” she said.
Millions of travelers across the country are battling the storm. Even in warmer areas like Texas and Florida, people are stranded because planes or pilots are still stuck in the storm. More than 2,000 flights were cancelled and more than 7,000 were delayed nationwide.
Finally, Sorell’s brother, Larry Ege, landed in Louisville; tired from a long journey.
“I had to leave at 3:30 in the morning to get a 7:20 plane,” he said. But, he’s happy to be one of the lucky ones. “I was just glad I got in at all, I was about to throw in the towel and go home.”
By late afternoon, traveling by road in Kentuckiana wasn’t a much better option. Snow and ice covered the roads during rush hour, causing crashes, slide offs, and traffic backed up for miles.