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Superstorm Sandy has stopped flights along the east coast. Airports are shut down, thousands of flights are canceled.

Tuesday, we spoke with a couple of valley residents stranded by the storm.

Sandy forced airlines to cancel more than 16,000 flights worldwide because of the hard hit east coast airports.

The good news -- valley-based US Airways plans to restart operations in Philadelphia, Washington and Boston Wednesday.

But the three major airports in New York, La Guardia, JFK and Newark will not reopen. That's because there is significant damage at Kennedy and La Guardia to the parking structures and to runways, among other things.

That has some valley residents stranded back east.

You can hear wind howling in a cell phone video shot by Anthem resident Lysa Nessler. The valley woman and her husband are stuck in Rhode Island, where they were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary

"We're in a hotel, no power right on the ocean, its right on the coast line… it's a beautiful hotel built in the late 1700's," says Nessler.

Nessler says the hotel is located right on the water and sustained some damage. She also sent photos of windows of local businesses and homes boarded up. The streets are empty of all traffic.

"I had friends sending me apps you know, where the Red Cross is. There are signs around the town for where you would be evacuated, so absolutely we were concerned, but we just kind of hunker down and everybody said its best to stay put. You shouldn't be out and about in this kind of weather so that's what we did," says Nessler.

"We were staying downtown which ended up in waist deep water, we are by the airport now, we had a little trouble finding rooms," says Phoenix resident Lyle Griffith, stuck in Philadelphia. He flew out late last week to attend a trade show. He captured photos of the intense rain and cloudy skies and hopes to get a flight home Wednesday.

"We're all bunkered down, in one room between three employees, so we are going to be glad to get home to our own spaces," says Griffith.

Lysa Nessler says she is also booked on a flight home Wednesday evening.

If you are trying to get home it's important to note the US Airways Operations Center is on the east coast. Right now US Airways is seeing seven times higher than normal phone calls, so they are using Facebook and Twitter to post flight updates.

There's also a tab on the website to help people rebook flights.

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