Strong winds cause damage, flight delays

February 26, 2019 07:48 AM

High winds on Monday and early Tuesday morning caused damage and travel delays throughout the Capital Region. 

Ethel Kramer was at Albany International Airport and was trying to get to Ft. Lauderdale, but her flight kept being delayed.

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“It is frustrating because you don't know what to expect,” said Kramer who is from Berkshire County. “I have a driver waiting for me at the other end of my trip and I have to keep notifying him of changes and that makes it complicated for him."

Another traveler Monday was dealing with a canceled flight to Boston.

"I wasn't expecting it because it just didn't seem like, you know usually snow and ice and those kinds of things you think about it, but I didn't even think to check this morning so pretty surprised and no other flights leaving today,” said Sharon Gonzales from Williamstown, Massachusetts.

However, many travelers at the airport were patient and understanding of the delays. 

“It wasn't too long of a delay so we're not extremely upset, but it's a little bit of a pain we definitely want to get back already it's freezing here,” said traveler Samantha Marmer.

Around 100 National Grid crews were working to restore power to customers Monday. Homeowners were also busy cleaning up the damage caused by the powerful wind.

“I was starting our emergency generator and I heard a, my son heard a sound I looked up and a tree twisted and it came down right next to me,” said John Bergener, Jr. of Latham.

Rensselaer Little League was also left to clean up after the roof of their concession stand was blown off. They said they don’t have insurance on the building.

“We’re going to have to put out a help for volunteers and see if they'll come to our rescue,” said Michael Stammel who is on the Board of Directors for Rensselaer City Little League. “Rensselaer is very good about assisting organizations such as the little league and other organizations throughout the city so I'm sure we'll get some sort of assistance."

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Emily De Vito

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