Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Despite Earl, heavy travel expected in North Carolina over holiday weekend

While Hurricane Earl is expected to impact Labor Day travel along the nation’s eastern seaboard, more North Carolina residents are expected to hit the roadways this holiday weekend as compared to last year during the same period.

Travel by Carolinians has been increasing all year and this holds true for the last vacation of summer,” David Parsons, AAA Carolinas CEO and president, said.

AAA Carolinas officials said Wednesday the state will see an 8.1-percent increase in Labor Day travel this year, as compared to last year. There will also be a 9.9-percent increase nationwide in travel during the holiday weekend, according to AAA.

National Weather Service forecasters expect Earl to pass about 100 miles off the state’s coastline late Thursday before moving north toward the Mid-Atlantic then move on a track towards Nova Scotia, Canada. AAA Carolinas cautioned travelers heading to the coast this weekend to pay close attention to forecasts, warnings and evacuations prior to hitting the road.

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