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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- The storm has prompted thousands of cancellations of flights here in the U.S. and abroad. Many of those travelers are finding themselves stranded in New Orleans unable to return home.

In the last three days, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport officials say 50 departures were canceled because of Hurricane Sandy.

'We're not as prepared for a hurricane as you are,' said Anthony Tung, who like the rest of the country and world has been watching Hurricane Sandy's devastation unfold.

However, he is stranded more than 1,300 miles away from what is happening at home.

'My wife is home right now. We live in a loft in Lower Manhattan, in an old historic building. It has an elevator but there's not electricity,' said Tung.

Fellow New Yorkers Tung and Arline Bronzaft are in New Orleans for business.

'My daughter lives on Staten Island. Unfortunately she lives in an apartment that has windows all around and she heard from a neighbor that they were all blown out,' said Bronzaft, who has been checking in on her daughters and relatives since the storm hit.

Timing or luck has kept the the pair far away from power outages and flooding in Manhattan.

'I am in one city that can well understand what a hurricane can do to the residents of a city. I have gotten such support, such understanding, such wonderful treatment, such concern,' Bronzaft.

And that New Orleans camaraderie is popping up at at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

'Unfortunately in Southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, we're well versed with hurricanes and what happens,' said the museum's public relations director, Sue Strachan.

The museum is offering free admission for the next two days to residents from eight northeast states, including Washington, D.C.

'There's a lot of people who are in town for Voodoo Fest and other events over the weekend who are stranded here and are worried about getting home,' said Strachan.

'Tomorrow I was suppose to be flying to Pittsburgh via New York, La Guardia Airport,' said Ron Hernandez.

The Marrero resident's travel plans are also in limbo thanks to Sandy. Images from across the Northeast of flooded subways, homes and cars hit close to home for Hernandez who has weathered many storms.

'I was here for Katrina and all the other ones. Its pretty heartbreaking. I have some friends who live in the [New York] City, seeing some pictures that they've posted on social media, it's pretty bad,' said Hernandez of the devastation.

If you have a flight scheduled to the Northeast, airport officials say check directly with your airline carrier for updates; and make sure you have a ticket confirmation before showing up to the airport.

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