Grand Strand residents flying from LaGuardia finally able to leave NYC

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Thursday marked the first day since LaGuardia International Airport in New York opened for business, and that meant Grand Strand residents were able to come home after being stranded for several days following Hurricane Sandy.

The first flight out of Myrtle Beach International to LaGuardia was at 9:15a.m., and according to an MYR operator, it was on time. The rest of the day didn't go as smoothly, several of the flights to LGA were delayed.

But Tom Gorman said after everything that was happening in the north, just setting foot on Myrtle Beach land was enough.

"We had our fingers crossed that an airline would be flying out of LaGuardia and it did so we got there early this morning about 7. We had an 11:40a.m. flight and here we are. Glad to be here," Gorman said.

Several travelers getting off the flights explained to WMBF News exactly what the scene was like when they left New York City.

"New York is a disaster," Gorman said.

"It's been a pretty bad, pretty bad scene. No power," Dennis O'Keefe said.

"There was no water in the supermarkets. There's no gas in the gas stations still," Sasha Meyer said.

Some of the travelers said the Myrtle Beach sunshine was the first they'd seen it in days.

"The weather kind of matches the mood. It's very gloomy and ominous," Meyer said.

Diane Williams lives in the Grand Strand and said the Hurricane affected her because she grew up in NYC.

"Your heart is really up there and for all the people up there and all the places you have a lot of great memories that are just devastated," Williams said.

O'Keefe expressed his belief that his fellow New Yorkers would have no problem bouncing back from the devastation Hurricane Sandy left on the city.

"Pretty resilient, New Yorkers. So they're like, let's go- let's get it on you know and start all over again. So, it's sad, it's heartbreaking but everybody's like we've been through a lot already. We can do it again," O'Keefe said.

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