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Stranded travelers in New York City back in Atlanta

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

For a lucky few that call Georgia home, they finally made it out of New York City, now a disaster area, after Hurricane Sandy came barreling through.

"I went up for my high school reunion," Melanie Couchman said. 

Since Sunday, Couchman and her husband David have been stranded. They couldn't even get a flight out of New York so they drove to Baltimore and made it home around 6 p.m. Wednesday night.

"It was unbelievable, the wind was just incredible," Couchman said.  "I mean it was 90 miles an hour, the windows were shattering, the rain was blowing horizontally, and vertically, it was really amazing.  It was really depressing.  It was just so sad to see all of this, because people are really suffering up there, and it is going to take a long, long time to rebuild."

The only travelers to make it to Atlanta from New York flew out of John F. Kennedy International Airport. Flights out of La Guardia are still canceled.  For the thousands of Georgians still stranded, many who made it back today, like Couchman are grateful.

"It feels great to be home, great to be home," Couchman said.

As the passengers came into baggage claim number 4 at the South Terminal there were lots of smiles, but it was clear that many saw damage beyond anything they've ever seen before.

"It is very brutal out there," Long Island resident Charles Henkin said.  Henkin said his home is OK but the power was still out.

"Trees down everywhere, the flooding is tremendous, the flooding is worse than anything else," Henkin said. "Like I said, there are National Guard trucks and electrical companies from across the country on Long Island."

"I just wanted to get home," Sharon Jones said.

Jones was in New York to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live, her band Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings played on Tuesday's show.

Jones still can't believe the destruction.

"All the bridges were closed, we couldn't get anywhere, the FDR, the Brooklyn, the Battery Tunnel was closed," said Jones. "I am worried about my family. But, I check in with them all and make sure I take care of them if they need it."

Many flights out of New York are still canceled. The best option is to check with your carrier for any updates.

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