Oklahomans Feel Wrath Of Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29th 2012, 10:03 pm
By: News 9

Electric crews from Oklahoma are arriving on the east coast where 60 million Americans, including some Oklahomans are feeling Sandy's impact.

As of Monday evening, all flights at Will Rogers World Airport to and from Washington, Baltimore and New York City were canceled. Much of the same is expected for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The pounding force battering the east coast is adding extra days of vacation for Oklahomans in Boston.

"We were supposed to leave Boston on Tuesday, and now the earliest that we can get out is Thursday morning," Gina Petruccelli from Oklahoma City said.

Yukon native Adam Logan has lived on New York City's Upper West Side since January and has never seen the Big Apple so sleepy.

"This is probably the first time we've seen the streets without anybody on [them]," Logan said.

In Logan's building, if the power goes out, so does the water. He and his wife were stocking up on water and taking shelter Monday.

"[The hurricane precautions are] very similar to tornado precautions in Oklahoma City, minus getting in a closet," Logan said.

Petruccelli also noticed some similarities.

"It's like when people sit on their porch to watch tornadoes … people are going to the waterfront to watch some of the storm come in before it gets too bad," Petruccelli said.

When it gets bad, Oklahoma will help. Nearly 300 people from OG&E and PSO are volunteering their services to keep our neighbors on the east coast safe.

"That's a lot of resources from Oklahoma," OG&E employee Monty Garner said on his way to Maryland. "Those people know that resources are hard to find, and they will appreciate what we do."

A team from PSO was scheduled to arrive in Virginia Monday evening. OG&E will be in Maryland by Tuesday night.

About a half dozen flights in Oklahoma City were canceled Monday at Will Rogers World Airport. It is important to remember that other flights to and from major airports anywhere in the United States could be affected by the storm from a ripple effect.

In an effort to minimize disruptions across the country, many airlines have repositioned planes at airports across the United States. Officials hope that will keep many destinations, including Oklahoma City, operating on schedule.