H-SANTA MARIA

Oct 29, 2012 9:33 PM by Nikki Ibarra

Travelers on the Central Coast affected by Sandy

With thousands of flights cancelled, KSBY wanted to see how Sandy has affected local travelers.

There were no cancellations at the Santa Maria Public Airport Monday. But for some passengers who plan to fly from the Central Coast to Los Angeles International Airport to catch a flight to the east coast, they expect to be stuck in Los Angeles for days before they can make their connections.

"They're scared. They're really scared. It's really scary to live through something like this," said Lewis Kravet from East Brunswick, New Jersey.

"It's stressful, very stressful, you know, thinking about what's going on there and then you look out this window and you go, oh my god. It's so beautiful out," added Kravet.

Kravet and his wife flew to the Central Coast for a wedding in Paso Robles this weekend. They were supposed to leave Monday.

"All these people who are going to have to, you know, including us, rebook and try and get out and try and get home, it's going to be awhile," said Kravet.

On Monday, they flew from Santa Maria to LAX. They hope to fly out of Los Angeles on Wednesaday.

David Kresge of Gainesville, Virginia hopes for the same thing. "I just want to get home and see my family. It's been, you know, a week and I want to get there for Halloween," said Kresge.

Sergeant Riley Harwood of the Santa Barbara Police Department is in Maryland this week for a seminar. He's scheduled to fly back on Friday. "It hasn't gotten out of hand in this location as of yet. It's not really scary but a lot of apprehension," said Sergeant Harwood.

Lompoc Police Chief Larry Ralston was in New York City this weekend for a wedding. The chief was supposed to return Monday. Instead, he spent most of his day inside his Manhattan hotel room. "The water is up higher. It didn't look too bad yet but the wind, you know, the bulk of the storm hasn't hit yet so we saw a lot of choppy water. It looks like it's rising," said Chief Ralston.

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