Published: Oct 28, 2012 9:15 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 29, 2012 12:23 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -  With thousands of flights being proactively cancelled, airline passengers are already feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

"We land at 9:30 p.m., they're closing the airport at ten, so we're gonna beat the storm by a half an hour. We're going to head to my daughter's house, she's got the generator because we're gonna lose power for a week," said Baltimore-bound Southwest passenger, Ray Bialek.

"I've never weathered anything like this flying. I'm a chicken, but I was told to get home," Biaklek said.

Some Floridians are already stranded up North. Cape Coral resident Alyssa Lawrence spoke to Wink News from her hotel room in Arlington, Virgina.

"I was actually running a marathon today and crossed the finish lines and one of my friends said, 'I'm so proud of you! By the way, all the flights are cancelled tomorrow,'" Lawrence said.

She was scheduled to fly back home on JetBlue tomorrow but may now have to weather the storm.

"They don't have anything available until November 3rd," she said.

Airlines are not the only types of transportation shutting down service for Sandy.

"We've tried everything. We've tried to get out on Greyhound, trying to get on Amtrak. Basically everybody is saying no, they have just shut down. Any mode of transportation, nobody is doing anything," Lawrence said.

JetBlue has cancelled 550 flights for Monday and Southwest has cancelled over 1,000 flights Sunday night through Wednesday morning.

Airline representatives from both JetBlue and Southwest say they're monitoring flights closely and are offering re-accommodations for passengers. Their best advice - keep checking company websites for the most up-to-date information.