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Hurricane Sandy impacts flights to Northeast

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Airlines say it could be days before operations return to normal after Hurricane Sandy. The storm has led to cancellations up and down the East Coast. More than 12,000 flights were canceled on Monday and Tuesday, in effect shutting down all air service to the Northeast corridor.

At Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, more than 300 flights were scrapped, leaving many travelers stranded and figuring out ways to get to their east coast destinations on Monday.

Members of the alternative rock band Candlebox were among those changing travel plans at the last minute. The group is scheduled to play a show in Atlantic City on Wednesday.

"We were supposed to route into Philadelphia, but with the weather, we decided to pick another city and our bus was originating from here so we are all coming into Atlanta and getting on the bus and driving up," said Adam Curry of Candlebox.

With members flying in from Los Angeles and other parts of the country, the band will drive in the storm-affected east coast area through the night.

"We are on our way. We have to drive there so we are hope we can get there," said lead singer Kevin Martin.

The stress from the numerous cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is also on the faces of members of the Cox family. They flew into Atlanta from Jacksonville, hoping to get a flight to LaGuardia.  

"Well, thanks to a Delta snafu we missed our earlier flight, and I think that we'll make it. But we will an end up spending four days in upstate New York before we can get back to New York City," said Sarah Cox.

But the news of Sandy's impending landfall forced cancellation of flights into New York, both Washington DC airports, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City.
        
The Coxes to head to Rochester instead, uncertain when or if they can check on their home in Manhattan. With his wife and two children with him, Doug Cox said trying to travel with a constantly changing itinerary has been tough.

"It's a little bit unsettling, but the kids have been surprisingly good, and if we happen to get on to this flight, I think that we're going to be okay once we finally get on to Rochester. But it's been challenging," Doug Cox.

For Bryan Johnson, the layover from Phoenix is a day and counting as he tries to get back to Virginia.
 
"Now they're telling me they can't go straight from here to Norfolk, that I have to go to Baltimore and I just met some ladies from Baltimore who say they can't get out until Wednesday or Thursday," said Johnson.
 
Scott Daly is biting the bullet on a five hour cross-state drive to Allentown, Penn. when he lands, unlike his business partner who is stuck at least for two more days. Daly says it's already been too long since he's seen his daughter and he's told her to be patient.
 
"It's been, ‘I get there when I get there.'  She's understanding, she's not panicking," said Daly.

In a statement released on Monday, Delta Air Lines says flights to New York City-area airports remained canceled, and that there was limited flying at other East Coast airports. They say the airline plans on resuming operations to the area on Wednesday at the earliest.

Travelers slated to fly out of Atlanta are asked to check with their airline to get an update of their schedules.

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