Hurricane grounds planes at MSP, volunteers heading east to help

Hurricane Sandy has already grounded more than 100 flights out of the Twin Cities and will disrupt traffic for the rest of the week. So far the cancellations involve flights that were headed east, but a ripple effect will get the west coast involved, too. Meanwhile, Minnesota is among the states sending emergency personnel east to help with the response.
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More than 100 flights out of the Twin Cities were cancelled by Hurricane Sandy Monday. Most of those flights were headed to the east coast, but an airport spokesman says the cancellations will cause a ripple effect through the week that will disrupt travel to the west, as well.

Airlines cancelled flights early enough to minimize the number of travelers stranded at the airport. But plenty of Minnesotans are stuck elsewhere, including the St. Cloud State women's hockey team. They played in Rhode Island over the weekend. Now they're hoping for a Thursday flight to get them home in time for Friday night's game. Finding ice time for a practice before then might be a long shot.

Travel problems notwithstanding, dozens of Minnesota emergency personnel are heading east to help out with the hurricane response. The Associated Press reports 33 are with the Minnesota Incident Command System, which typically responds to wildfires. They'll help clear downed trees to open roads in New York and Massachusetts.

How will the absence of those emergency workers affect local election results? Perhaps not at all. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is contacting their organizations to remind them to vote early or absentee.

Hurricane damage on Monday included the sinking of the tall ship HMS Bounty off the coast of North Carolina. The ship's first mate, John Svendsen, is a Minnesota native and his mother endured a difficult morning in Nisswa before learning John was among those rescued by the Coast Guard.
Here's the Coast Guard's video of the rescue of crew members from a raft after the shipwreck.

The Twin Cities area Patch websites compiled information on some of the ways you can help the storm recovery.

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