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AAA: NC, SC holiday travel to rise despite Irene

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — More people in North Carolina and South Carolina are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend compared to last year despite the impacts of Hurricane Irene on the coast.

AAA Carolinas spokesman Tom Crosby says some people may make it a point to visit the beaches to see what happened last weekend as Irene rolled up the Atlantic coast.

The travel club expects 870,000 North Carolina motorists will take trips of 50 miles or more between Thursday and Monday, an increase of less than one percent over last year.

AAA expects about 424,000 South Carolina drivers to hit the road this weekend, about 1 percent move than last year’s forecast.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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