MINNEAPOLIS -- The local economic impact of the Superstorm Sandy will be felt in the coming days and weeks, but air travel has already been disrupted.
More than 100 flights were cancelled at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Monday, leaving travelers with few options but to ride the storm out in the Twin Cities.
"It has a ripple effect throughout the country," Pat Hogan, of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, told KARE.
"The aircraft are not where they otherwise would be."
The storm surge forced the closure of two of the nation's busiest airports, JFK and LaGuardia in New York City. That left those planning to fly from Minnesota to the northeast in a holding pattern.
"We booked a flight back to New Jersey for Sunday, but that was cancelled. They changed it to today, and that was cancelled, and now tomorrow's flight has been cancelled as well," Brian Guze, of Highlands, NJ told KARE.
Guze and his family were in Minneapolis visiting his sisters, and now they'll simply extend that stay until they can book a spot on a flight to Newark.
"We walked around the lakes and went to the Mall of America today, took the kids on the rides," Guze, who grew up in Eden Prairie, explained.
Although the town he lives in, Highlands, is on the Jersey Shore, he expects his home to stay relatively high and dry.
"We're about 60 feet up, overlooking the ocean," he said. "So we're fine. The town is in a flood zone, though, and probably reaching our house is going to be close to impossible except from the west."
Guze, who works in Manhattan, said he expects to be living without power for a few days, depending on the severity of the winds that accompanied the water.
In the meantime the Red Cross of Minnesota is awaiting word on how many trained volunteers may be needed to for disaster relief in the storm zone.
Megan Mrozek told KARE the best way average citizens can help the victims is by donated money and/or blood to the Red Cross.
The first step is going to the Minnesota chapter's web site, at www.redcrossmn.org
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