FORT MYERS, Fla. - Millions of people are dealing with bitter Winter weather up North. The latest storm to roll through is already being blamed for 13 deaths and thousands of power outages. In New England wind chills have been reported as low as negative 20 degrees in Bangor, Maine. And for the second days the storm is affecting travel. That means flight delays and cancellations in Southwest Florida.
"The temperature at home is like 30 below so being here in Southwest Florida is not the worst place to be stranded," said Rochelle Walz. After three days of cancellations and numerous delays, Walz says she's ready to "take off."
"We were going to stay a couple extra days and then we were flying home but it didn't turn out that way," she said.
The mom from Fargo, North Dakota flew down for her son's baseball showcase but it cost way more than she ever intended.
"Hundreds of dollars in extra hotel charges, rental cars, lost wages and food," she said.
Not to mention time. She spent hours in the airport on lines and on the phone trying to score two seats on a plane.
"United tried to get us on about 2 to 3 other airlines and we've got bumped from them as well," Walz said.
Cathleen Lake and her little dog Lola were on a flight to Toronto early Friday morning.
"We got onto the plane, we boarded and everything so we thought we were good to go," Lake said.
But says just minutes after they pushed away from the gate, the captain turned the plane around. "They cancelled the whole flight," she said.
Lake says passengers scrambled to get on other flights but says she booked her seat on her smartphone and beat the rush.
"I moved in quick and my Dad is gonna end up staying here until Monday because he can't get back," she said.