Hurricane Florence Messes With Local Travel Plans
Joe Muracco planned to drive this week to Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, with his wife, Jean, and two friends.
They would visit some Civil War landmarks and probably get in some golf.
“The golfing down there is beautiful and I’m a history buff and there’s plenty of history there,” said Muracco, a 67-year-old retiree from Dunmore.
Hurricane Florence disrupted their plans.
Even though their trip was from Monday to next Monday, he started seeing warnings about Florence last Friday, remembered previous hurricanes and postponed the trip. Travelworld in Scranton, which booked it, refunded his money without a fuss, he said.
“Coming back, we may not have made it out of there,” said Muracco, the Dunmore school board president. “If it doesn’t happen this year, we’ll go next year.”
As Florence bore down on the Carolinas on Thursday, the hurricane forced Muracco and other local travelers to alter or at least reroute planned trips. The first two flights to Charlotte from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport left on time Thursday and flights through Saturday remained on the books so far. One flight from Charlotte to the local airport arrived 25 minutes late Wednesday but as of Thursday afternoon that was the only disruption, airport spokesman Eric McKitish said. That could change as Florence moves farther inland and closer to the airports in Charlotte and Atlanta, both major destinations for local commercial flights, McKitish said.
Tracy Schraner, a travel consultant at Abington Travel in Clarks Summit, said one customer and his daughter planned to travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, for a football game Saturday, but cancelled their plans. Schraner spent the past couple of days helping about a dozen local travelers reroute their trips away from Charlotte and Atlanta and through Chicago and Newark, New Jersey. She said she hopes Florence and whatever hurricanes remain never match the ones that devastated Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands last year. Neither has fully recovered.
“It was awful,” Schraner said.
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