Environment
11:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Isaac May Dampen Labor Day Weekend Travel

Tropical Storm Isaac may be far from North Carolina, but it could put a damper on Labor Day weekend travel plans in the Tar Heel state. Angela Daley is with AAA Carolinas. She says the storm has been disrupting oil production at Gulf Coast refineries.

Angela Daley says, "Gas prices had been going up all summer, but certainly in the past few days we've seen a huge spike of almost 10 cents in just a few days. So that's pretty significant, and we think a lot of last-minute travelers will choose not to travel this weekend."

Daley says the storm is also creating unpredictable weather at some destinations. AAA expects just over 900-thousand people to travel over the holiday weekend, the vast majority driving.  The state highway patrol says there will be an increased trooper presence on the roads. The department is cracking down on speeders and aggressive drivers.