Nasty storms caused 15 planes to be diverted in Hampton Roads

Posted at 7:47 PM, Jun 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-24 19:47:30-04

Norfolk, Va. - Nasty storms caused 15 planes to be diverted in Hampton Roads on Tuesday night.

Norfolk International Airport officials said 12 planes were forced to land at their airport.

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport said three planes were diverted to their location.

Most of the planes touched down and waited out the storm and then continued on their trip.

But some travelers said they were forced to sleep at the Norfolk International Airport.

Tesha Vincent said the best way to describe her travel experience trying to get from China to Newport News is "hectic and unorganized."

She spent the last 6 months in China teaching English and said the trip back to the U.S. was a nightmare.  She said last night she slept at an airport in Chicago.

Dave and Teri Chesleak were stuck waiting at the Norfolk International Airport for hours after their foreign exchange student from Spain got delayed in Philadelphia.

"Delayed, delayed, delayed because of the weather in Philadelphia," said Chesleak.

They praised an airline employee who went out of his way to help them track down the 16-year-old student.

Stormy weather caused many delays and cancellations last night and today.

More than 1,800 delays Wednesday as of 4 o'clock p.m., according to online flight tracking service

"Obviously we are tired," said Chesleak.

Jeff Giles lives in Ohio and Wednesday he was supposed to be in the Outer Banks for a family vacation, but he was forced to wait at the Norfolk International Airport for his 20-year-old daughter who was stuck in Philadelphia.

"We slept in the car. It was not fun," said Giles, "Just frustrated, you know the biggest thing is not getting any answers."

Vincent said her bags are missing, but she is just glad to be back in the Hampton Roads.