Local Truckers Deal with Hurricane Sandy

October 29, 2012 Updated Oct 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM EDT

By WKBW News

October 29, 2012 Updated Oct 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Think it's hard driving your car through the outskirts of a hurricane? Try doing it on 18 wheels. Hurricane Sandy is making things difficult on many truckers in the area.

"They're so far up, it catches all the wind, it'll blow you all over the place," trucker Richard Cotter said.

"We have the added pressure of cars not knowing how to drive in it," driver Keith Holden added.

At Jim's Truck Stop in Cheektowaga some drivers heading East were stranded, or at least re-routed because of the storm.

"I'll probably make it as far as P-A, Pennsylvania, and call it a day. Wait until Wednesday and go on in," New Jersey-bound Greg Arrington said.

At Price Trucking in Buffalo, Sandy is bad for business.

"It probably could end up costing us 30 to 40 thousand bucks of lost revenue," Vice President Jonathon Price said.

Several of the fleet's trucks are parked because of the storm. Others are stranded in New Jersey, New York City, and Connecticut.

"It is difficult, because if the wheels aren't moving, we can't pay our bills. So when the trucks are parked, unfortunately, if it's a crisis like this there is nothing we can do but sit and wait it out," Price added.

There are no guidelines in place for when trucks must pull off the road in storms like this, but drivers say safety is always paramount.

"My philosophy is if it's bad enough, I pull over. No load is worth my life," trucker Keith Holden said.

So as conditions worsen as Sandy hits us here in Western New York, truckers are asking other cars to please be careful, watch for them on the side of the road, and be careful when passing or driving alongside them because of how the wind and weather can affect their trucks.

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