Environment
5:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Irene Clean-Up Won't Slow Holiday Traffic

AAA Carolinas expects more drivers on the road this holiday weekend despite damage from Hurricane Irene. The agency says about 870,000 motorists will be traveling in North Carolina over the Labor Day weekend. That's about 1 percent more than this time last year. And AAA Carolinas spokesman Tom Crosby says that includes areas with storm damage.

Tom Crosby: "Hurricane Irene will certainly affect those who were going to Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke, but that's really a small number of people. And I think there will be some sort of a tourist attraction - that sort of thing that makes us slow down in an accident - people will maybe be going to the upper part of the Outer Banks just to see what happened during the hurricane."
Crosby says airline travel will likely be down by about 10 percent this weekend due to higher ticket prices and less consumer spending.