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Travelers finally home after severe winter weather in Texas

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Posted at 8:04 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 21:04:49-05

It’s been a long week for travelers like Killeen Resident Adam Whittaker.

“A lot of frustration that turn into a lot of anxiety and worry,” said Whittaker.

Whittaker planned to fly from Killeen to D.C., To spend the Valentine’s Day weekend with his fiancé, Joanna. However, when the winter weather struck the Lone Star State, his four-hour flight turned into nearly a day of cancellations and rerouting.

My flight got canceled over and over in trying to fly to Killeen to Dallas. I eventually change my flight to Austin and drove all the way down to Austin. Flew from Austin to Chicago to D.C. from Chicago to D.C,” said Whittaker.

After making it to D.C. and spending the weekend with Joanna, Whittaker ran into more trouble trying to get Texas.

After more cancellations, he found a connecting flight to Charlotte, but when he arrived in Charlotte, he learned his flight to Austin was no more.

“It was already stressful getting him here, for that stress to continue on his way back it was overwhelming,” said Whittaker’s Fiancé Joanna Lovo.

Now he had to spend extra money and find food, transportation, a place to stay.

“Continuous, continuous, continuous it just turns into anxiety worrying about how I’m going to get home,” said Whittaker.

Whittaker was stranded in the Charlotte for three days and worried about power outages, apartments flooding and other problems in Texas.

“My fiancé said even though it’s kind of frustrating it’s kind of a blessing from God, he’s keeping you safe and out of harm's way and you’re not stuck in what could’ve been a massive disaster for you,” said Whittaker.

He found a hotel to stay and finally found a flight to get back to Austin Thursday and after a week of challenges, he’s happy to be back home.

I was also on the flight with Adam Whittaker, which was the first flight to land in Austin in days and as conditions improve, we’re hoping that more people can make it back home.