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East Coast blizzard disrupts Hawaii flights

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By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are flight frustrations with the bone chilling blizzard blanketing the East Coast. It's causing travel delays, which is having a domino effect in Hawaii.

At the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the region was hit hard by the second snowstorm in less than a week. And it caused the cancellation of at least one flight at Honolulu International Airport.

There were at least five delays, and a Continental flight from Newark, New Jersey was a no show at the Honolulu International Airport.

It was supposed to arrive Wednesday evening, but the brutal snowstorm battering the East Coast forced the airline to cancel it.

That had some folks who were catching a Continental flight to Newark Airport Wednesday night, a little nervous about the kind of conditions they may be flying in.

But some relied on faith.

"Am I afraid? No. I pray. I believe. I trust. So I'm hoping that when I get to Newark that there won't be anymore delays or cancellations," said Yvonne Kato, a Newark-bound passenger.

Even former KGMB reporter Ashley Nagaoka hit a snag with her flight to Hawaii.

"We were on the phone with the airline for about an hour and a half trying to figure out when we can get out of here and it turns out we can't get out until Sunday. So a flight we're supposed to take on Thursday, we can't get out of here until Sunday," said Nagaoka, who moved to D.C.

The blizzard forced Washington's airports to close, postponing her flight to Honolulu.

"I've never seen anything like it. The snow is up to your waist. The roads are covered in snow and people can't walk on the sidewalk because it's covered in snow so people are walking in the streets where there are cars and it's just crazy," said Nagaoka.


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