Alaska Airlines canceled all of its flights to and from the East Coast Monday and nearly half of its Tuesday flights in the region due to post-tropical storm Sandy, downgraded Monday afternoon from hurricane status.
Many Alaskans have been impacted by the storm because of the canceled flights, which will include eight of Tuesday's 20 scheduled flights to and from the East Coast.
Alaska Department of Revenue Commissioner Bryan Butcher, who’s in New York City on a business trip, says he’s staying in a sixth-floor hotel room because he couldn’t get a flight out of town.
Butcher walked around Madison Avenue Monday afternoon and says it was virtually empty as millions of people stayed inside their homes waiting for the storm, which was expected to bring 85 mph winds to much of the Eastern seaboard.
Channel 2 asked Butcher to describe his feelings about being there during the hurricane:
“It’s one of eeriness,” Butcher said. “If you go outside there are very few people on the streets. All of the transportation, the subway system, is shut down.”
Butcher says he’s been able to buy some supplies, which he’s keeping in his hotel room.
Alaska Airlines hopes to have a regular schedule by Wednesday.
Here is a list of the Alaska Airlines flights that are canceled Tuesday:
Flight 3 (Washington, D.C. to Seattle)
Flight 4 (Seattle to Washington, D.C.)
Flight 7 (Newark, N.J. to Seattle)
Flight 8 (Seattle to Newark, N.J.)
Flight 32 (Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia)
Flight 33 (Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.)Flight 764 (Portland, Ore. to Washington, D.C.)
Flight 765 (Washington, D.C. to Portland, Ore.)
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