The dangerous storm is having a big impact on travel across the country, even to Nebraska where one family is grateful to be back home safe.
Eppley Airfield was packed Monday afternoon. Many travelers were returning from the east coast.
“We were one of the lucky few that got out of there,” said Jenepher Lane.
Lane and her husband just got back from a cruise in the Bahamas.
“I knew we were close but I didn't know how it would effect us,” said Dennis Lane.
But it did and it caused the ship to chop through the high waters, changing the Beatrice couple's vacation experience.
“The ship was very like this, just kind of tipsy-topsy. Stuff was falling off shelves, tables, in the rooms, on the decks,” said Lane.
“I spent a lot of my time I had to just watching the ocean. Just standing there like I am right now I could see the boat moving me like this all the way sideways while I’m just keeping my head straight with the horizon,” said their friend, Jason Travernicht.
Video posted on YouTube last weekend shows what the Lane’s experienced as waves crashed up onto the cruise ship deck.
They say many of the passengers were scared and didn’t enjoy the experience. But they didn’t feel that way.
“I thought it was cool, I mean that last few days I go sick,” said Lane.
The storm even extended their trip an extra day as their captains tried to detour around the hurricane. But they say it wasn’t exactly relaxing because eventually the captain had to steer toward the storm, causing big waves.
“I actually got thrown out of the bed,” said Lane.
They most passengers got a thrill they didn't expect and probably didn't hope for when they left land.
“If you can imagine a carnival cruise ship with a roller coaster ride combined into one,” said Lane.
The Lanes say they didn't have any delays to Omaha. But once they arrived all flights to and from Eppley to Washington-Reagan and Newark were canceled.
Eppley has website travel alert for people headed to the east coast. The Red Cross is planning to send 15-20 people to help over the next 4 weeks. They hope to get a few people there by Thursday.
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