Middle of the storm: How people are handling Sandy
‘‘That’s all I can do; there’s nothing I can do,’’ Raphael said. ‘‘After that, just keep praying that it doesn’t get too crazy. ... I'm going to have to be on standby on this one, just in case we get some nightmare.’’
Ticket agents seemingly outnumbered customers Monday at Terminal A at Boston’s Logan International Airport, where passengers glued to cell phones pulled roller suitcases and checked out video screens displaying a grim list of cancellations.
David Kimball, 50, an engineer, was feeling lucky, though, after moving his flight to Irvine, Calif., up a day to Monday to try to avoid Hurricane Sandy. His flight was still on, even as the red ‘‘cancelled’’ designation dominated the list of departures. If his luck held out, it would be good to get home, he said.
‘‘Yeah, it’s 82 degrees there and sunny,’’ he said.
But Shawn Hartman of San Antonio already knew Monday he had a few more days in the stormy Northeast. The truck driver dropped off a load of new trucks at a local dealership, then hopped a bus and train to get to Logan, only to find out his flight was cancelled.
Wednesday is the earliest the 41-year-old Hartman can get a flight. In the meantime, he was calling a local friend to see if they could hang out for a few days.
‘‘I'm just resigned (to the wait),’’ he said. ‘‘They've got to do what they've got to do to keep everybody safe. I'd rather be here on the ground than, going down, you know?’’
He added, ‘‘I'll get some good seafood in me.’’
Eric Danielson had a one-way ticket from San Francisco to Norfolk, Va., to begin a new job.
What was supposed to be a two-hour layover in Atlanta on Monday looked likely to stretch into a second day as airline officials told him Tuesday was the earliest he'd be able to fly.
‘‘I'm trying to have a smooth transition, and this is not helping,’’ he said.
Danielson was in good spirits Monday morning, chatting with other bored passengers, browsing Facebook and YouTube on his phone and communicating with friends and family by email and text message.
Pat White, a lobster fishermen from York, Maine, said those who make their living on the water didn’t know what to make of the predicted hybrid storm, which was expected to combine Hurricane Sandy with a wintry storm from the west and cold air from the Arctic.
The resulting wind action will be something that’s unfamiliar to Maine fishermen.
‘‘We’re in uncharted territory,’’ said White, noting that the wind on the storm’s backside would be opposite of what fishermen are accustomed to seeing.
‘‘It’s going to be like a washing machine out there,’’ he said.
Contributing to this report were Dave Porter in Hoboken, N.J.; Brock Vergakis in Norfolk, Va.; Tom Hays in New York City; Michael Biesecker in Raleigh, N.C.; Larry Rosenthal in Trenton, N.J.; Jay Lindsay in Boston; Kate Brumback in Atlanta; David Sharp in Portland, Maine.