QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11)—Tropical Storm Isaac is strengthening -- even as it is slamming southern Florida -- and that's sending shock waves through airports up and down the East Coast.
In anticipation of the inclement weather, most airlines have canceled flights in and out of Florida, stranding passengers, like the U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team at LaGuardia Airport.
The team is trying to get to the Pan-American championship in Colombia, South America.
"We were originally supposed to go from Miami to Colombia, but since[sic] there is a hurricane, we needed to find different flights to Colombia," said team member Anna Piskune, 12.
They are not the only ones having a hard time. Jennifer Sturgeon was headed home to Nashville, Tenn., after dropping off her daughter at Fordham University, only to find out her Southwest flight was canceled.
"I'm already emotionally exhausted, I don't need anything more," Sturgeon said.
Also heading to South America is the Barboza family, who is bound for Brazil -- via Miami, Fla. Their flight from LaGuardia was also canceled, but they scored an even better one Sunday night out of John F. Kennedy International Airport. "It worked out even better for us!" said Marco Barboza with a smile.
Marlene Immanuel wasn't so lucky. Her home is in Miami, and says flights are canceled through Monday. "I don't like to fly. I better stay here," said Immanuel. Good thing she has family in Queens.
As for the 12-year-old aspiring olympians, they are counting on flying out Monday morning so they can be in Colombia in time for their competition on Wednesday.
"I wish we could sight-see, but I guess it's more important to get to our competition!" laughs Piskune.
Most major airlines say they are waiving their change fees, because most of the changes are weather-related.
Even if you are not flying through Florida, airlines suggest you check on your flight status anyway, considering the ripple effect of changes the tropical storm has caused.