"It was a pain"; Tucsonans push through power-packed wind
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CREATED Apr. 8, 2013
Reporter: Maggie Vespa
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - We don't have to tell you, wind gusts packed with so much power can be a real pain!
Monday, Tucsonans literally pushed through it, but it wasn't easy.
"You get those wind gust up around 60 mph, it is difficult to maintain the truck," said one semi-truck driver.
Out on the roads, he and many others driver gripped the wheel like their lives depended on it, because they did.
"If you don't have weight on the back, it can push you around," said another.
Even still, some were hestitant to admit defeat.
9OYS reporter Cory Marshall asked one driver if he was scared, and he responded, "No."
She asked, "A little bit?"
He responded, "A little bit."
But over at Tucson International Airport, there was no denying mother nature's wrath when it came time to take off.
9OYS reporter Maggie Vespa asked Ohio native Jessica Draper, "Weather had a pretty big impact on your plans?"
She responded, "Yeah, they said the plane was too heavy for the wind."
Her connecting flight to Atlanta had been cancelled.
"Everyone was already on it, and we all had to disboard the plane," she said.
Others had last minute delays.
"My niece is delayed. Her flight is delayed a little over an hour and a half," said one woman.
For others, the day was plagued by terrifying touch-downs.
"The plane was going sideways with the winds," said Nancy Hammell, who had just flown in from San Diego.
"The lady in front of me had a little puppy dog, and the puppy dog was whining, and I thought 'animals know things! Oh my gosh!'" added Larry Stevens.
For many, there was only one way to describe this blustery day.
"It was a pain," said Draper.
Delays died down Monday night, but if you need to check on travel plans, you can see TIA's flight board by clicking here.