East Coast Blizzard Takes Toll on U.S. Travelers

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The massive blizzard that slammed much of the East Coast has finally moved away. It forced airlines to cancel 7,000 flights, costing them about $100 million.

The massive snow storm has also taken a toll on many American travelers in the form of lost days and much frustration.

"It's my first trip to New York," said Ian Hardy, a stranded traveler. "I came for Christmas. I had a thoroughly good time, until now."

With roads rendered impassable, many were stuck in airports and may still not be able to fly away until Thursday.

Sara Beth Brown has been ping-ponged around the Atlanta airport for days.

"I had a flight to LaGuardia two days ago," Brown said. "Then I had another flight yesterday. It was LaGuardia. And then a flight this morning into White Plains that got canceled."

"Staying positive, I guess," she added. "It's the only thing I can do."

Strangers Karen Dorsh and Kim Stonebreaker both ended up stranded in Atlanta trying to fly to Myrtle Beach, S.C..

"I don't have anywhere to go as well," Stonebreaker said. "So I have my father driving here from Myrtle Beach. He left at midnight last night and he should be here within the hour to come get me - and her (Dorsh). And I don't even know her!"

Out on snow-jammed East Coast roads, many people had to abandon stuck trucks and cars or sleep in them. Those at home faced massive plowing jobs.

"I don't work all day so, didn't get to it till now," said Sulliman Dunce, who had to shovel snow away from his home. "My back is feeling the pain of it."

"I'm trying to shovel out of this disaster, this snowstorm of 2010," said Lorenzo Gizzo, another snow shoveler.

"I actually don't mind," said Melanie Johnson, who also had to dig out snow. "I grew up in a family with all sisters and just one boy so I got out there with my brother and dad."

Meanwhile - despite growing skepticism - global warming researchers have continued to point to a warming earth as the cause for the more extreme, volatile weather.

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