Triple A Predicts Holiday Travel Up Nine Percent If Hurricane Earl Stays Away
Triple A Mid-Atlantic yesterday released the Labor Day travel forecast for Virginia…and it is up about nine percent over last year. But as Charles Fishburne reports, there are a couple of big question marks.
Hurricane Earl and Tropical Storm Fiona seem to have their sghts set on the mid-Atlantic states this weekend.
Mitchell: That's right. The next 48 hours will really tell us more as far as where Hurricane Earl will hit and what impact it will have on travellers.
Triple A’s Martha Mitchell says almost 930 thousand Virginians were planning to travel at least 50 miles from home, most by car, but she says..
Mitchell: Keep an eye on the forecast. If you do head out, you might have a bit of inclement weather. Take extra water, extra snacks, a flashlight with extra batteries and a cell phone. That way if you're delayed or stranded, you'll be much more comfortable.
Latest word is Earl is likely to remain at sea, although rough seas and rip currents could affect coastal areas along with rain, even if the storm doesn’t come ashore. The storm could still veer this way.
State emergency management officials are on alert and the Navy says its ships in the Hampton Roads area are ready to head to sea to evade Hurricane Earl if it comes to that.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News