WNY Wrecked Vacations Due To Hurricane Irene

August 25, 2011 Updated Aug 26, 2011 at 6:51 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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August 25, 2011 Updated Aug 26, 2011 at 6:51 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) "We had planned to have surfing lessons for the kids, sea kayaking with the dolphins and just a beach vacation," said Kim Windschitl.

Windschitl and her family live in East Amherst. They were supposed to be on a plane Thursday morning headed to Virginia Beach for their annual summer vacation.

"That's all they wanted to do was go to a beach," said Windschitl.

Now, pictures on Windschitl's downtown Buffalo office wall from last year's Virginia Beach trip will have to do. After monitoring the increasingly grim situation with Hurricane Irene, she and her family decided to pull the plug on their trip.

But for Buffalo resident, Elaine Guercio and her family it is too late. They are already poolside on a vacation in Sandbridge, Virginia Beach directly in the path of the coming storm.

"Right now they're flashing that we have to evacuate by noon tomorrow out of our area," said Guercio.

Guercio isn't sure if the rental company will give her credit for the incomplete stay or how long her 12 hour drive back to Buffalo will really be.

For Windschitl it wasn't all bad news, she was able to get credit on her airfare and hotel reservations, but not the money she spent on reserving her rental car through hotwire....or the money for those beachside activities.

"It was just bad luck plain and simple it was bad luck," Windschitl said.

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