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East Coast snowstorm strands military members at Charlotte airport

Photo inside Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Aug. 2016 (Ben Williamson | WBTV) Photo inside Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Aug. 2016 (Ben Williamson | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The snowstorm that surged up the east coast has canceled flights across the country, stranding dozens of military service members at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Elynn Brotherton, Director of the USO of North Carolina, says 44 people spent the night at the USO of North Carolina Charlotte Center at the airport Wednesday night. She said they had nearly 100 service members spend the night on Thursday. 

“We’re hunkering down,” said Brotherton. “We have tons of food, people are charging their cellphones and meeting new people.”

The director of the USO of North Carolina said most service members are returning from leave and are heading to places like Ft. Lee in Virginia, basic training at Ft. Jackson and Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC.

Service members are using recliners, couches, airport cots and lounge chairs during the overnight stay, with blankets and pillows provided. According to Brotherton, they also had to spill into an overflow conference room.

Brotherton said the USO "will continue to serve and provide as long as there are military members stranded." Some service members are expected to be able to get on flights Friday afternoon. 

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