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Sandy cancels flights, strands passengers in Vegas

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Flights heading to the East Coast, and those coming back to Las Vegas, are getting canceled as Hurricane Sandy pounds the Atlantic coast with rain.

A handful of flights heading to major airports like New York's JFK and Washington's Dulles were canceled Sunday forcing some passengers to stay a few extra nights in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, others coming from back east to Vegas say they're glad they got out while they could.

"Everybody else can do the cleanup, I don't have to deal with it, hopefully it will be good weather by the time I get back too," said Dave Neel, who flew into McCarran from Philadelphia.

"80 and sunny here, you know. So that's good. But I am concerned about my family, 'cause they're all back home and they've got to deal with it but I'm sure they'll be fine," said Tara Hall, who also came to McCarran via the Philadelphia airport.

At over 450 miles wide, and massive amounts of rainfall expected, Sandy is considered by meteorologists to be one of the biggest storms in years.

Sandy's size could soon increase as it joins forces with another storm.

"An additional area of low pressure that's currently over the Ohio River Valley in the Southeast states and Sandy and that storm will kind of merge together into one," said Barry Pierece, a National Weather Service meteorologist who works at the Las Vegas office.

Meanwhile, passengers coming from back East told FOX5 they are constantly calling family and friends back home to make sure everyone is OK as the rain from Sandy gets more and more intense.

"They have generators in case the power goes out, and they're just going to sit and wait I guess and see what happens," Hall said.

"We put all the lawn furniture away, we put sandbags by the garage and basement doors," said McCarran passenger Amy Tanner, who's husband and kids are back in Baltimore, MD.

The National Weather Service said that most of Sandy is expected to make landfall by Monday.

McCarran International Airport officials recommend travelers heading east this week to check www.mccarran.com or the mobile-optimized flymccarran.com.

The Red Cross of Southern Nevada said four local volunteers are headed to Washington, DC, and will be deployed from there to the worst-hit areas to provide aid to Hurricane Sandy victims.

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