Superstorm Sandy brings strong winds to Upstate - FOX Carolina 21

Superstorm Sandy brings strong winds to Upstate

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The howl of wild wind woke many in the Upstate as the sun rose Monday morning.

It whipped through bushes, rustled leaves and maneuvered through trees. The crisp air is an early winter gift from Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast.

"The smaller pines, you know those sway," Tina Mickel said.

She lives in Greenville off Augusta Road. It's an area where trees are known to topple in her neighborhood.

"One minute the branch is there, the next minute it's on the ground or on your car," Mickel said.

While neighbors watched their trees closely, others who tried to take flight were grounded for awhile at GSP International Airport because of delays or cancellations.

"The plane going to pick us up in Chicago was coming from New Jersey and so I think everything shut down in Jersey," Jeff Brown said as he left the ticket booth.

He got his ticket changed after his connecting flight was canceled because of superstorm Sandy.

"I've got a bunch of friends up in Jersey and I can just imagine what it's like," Brown said.

And as wind gusts pushed through Upstate streets from 30-40 mph, superstorm Sandy continued to soak the northeast while winds whipped through the Upstate.

Administrators with GSP said passengers should always check flights for delays or cancellations before they go to the airport.

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