CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hundreds of flights have been canceled at Charlotte Douglas International and it could be Thursday before some travelers get back to their homes in the Northeast.
Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey late Monday evening.
Dozens of planes set on tarmac at Charlotte's airport, at least 80 of them belonging to US Airways, with no place to go.
Donna Campbell, who was trying to get home to Boston Monday night, has a long night ahead of her.
"I've been up all night," she said. "Went to a funeral yesterday. I'm here and I'm tired and I want to sleep."
Campbell is on a flight to Rhode Island Tuesday but said she was told there are no guarantees.
"Basically for right now they have got me on a flight for Tuesday and they're not sure so I might be here until Thursday," she said.
Major carriers such as American Airlines, United, JetBlue and Delta canceled all flights into New York, the nation's busiest airspace.
Flight operations will grind to a trickle -- if not an outright halt – at other airports such as Newark Liberty, Philadelphia and Washington Dulles as Sandy nears.
The mountains of North Carolina are experiencing high winds and heavy snow as a result of the storm. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is urging drivers to use caution as the roads become more dangerous. Crews are monitoring conditions and will be mobilized if needed.
Meanwhile, the Carolina coast is dealing with hurricane conditions. US 158 from Kill Devil Hills to Kitty Hawk is closed, per the NC DOT. Officials are using social media to alert drivers to flooding and other dangerous road conditions.
Amtrak overhauled its itinerary for the beginning of the week. All services for the Northeast Corridor were canceled through Tuesday, October 30. Amtrak expects to have updated information available by Tuesday afternoon.
The massive storm threatens to bring a near halt to air travel for at least two days for both domestic and international flights.
Travelers such as businessman Clinton Walker who was trying to return home are facing long waits for a new flight.
"Tuesday is what the lady told me is going to be the earliest," said Walker. "So, hopefully she is wrong. But as of now that's what it is."
According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, nearly 35 hundred flights had been canceled for Monday. If you do have travel plans make sure to call your airline to confirm departure time before heading out.
As flights resume, leave plenty of time to check in because traffic will be heavier than usual.