Local Man Stranded at Atlanta Airport After Winter Weather

By Linda Ong | long@kolr10.com

Published 01/29 2014 05:42PM

Updated 01/29 2014 06:04PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Millions of Americans in the deep south woke up to several inches of snow, sleet and ice this morning. This came after a winter storm hit southern states on Tuesday. 

Many people were stuck stranded in various locations when the storm picked up-- drivers on highways, children in classrooms, and travelers at the airport. Authorities have been on the defense to the slow response to the storm. We spoke to one Springfield native who has spent more than 16 hours at the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta. Paul Lipscomb's flight landed on Tuesday at 12:30 a.m., but he spent a sleepless night at the airport due to the weather conditions.

"I knew it was going to be a problem because there's people asleep, crashed out everywhere in the hallways. Then it became apparent what the problem was," said Lipscomb. "All the chairs were taken. So I finally had to sit down on floor next to a fence and just leaned against that. I think I might've dosed off a little bit. But my hotel is like two miles from the train station and all I've got is a sport coat and dress shoes. The idea of walking two miles like this with my suitcase is not really appealing. I'm kind of like Tom Hanks in the movie 'The Terminal.' I'm just stuck in the airport."

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