No ‘Long Weekend’ for Coastal Travelers

DELAWARE WATER GAP -- Tropical storm Hermine left a trail of damage along the southern seaboard.

While the storm has shifted farther into sea, plenty of travelers Newswatch16 spoke with at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center at the Delaware Water Gap cut short the long weekend out of precaution.

"It puts the damper on the weekend," said Charles Savage of Girardville. "Last year was beautiful. I would've stayed longer but with the alerts and so on, I want to be home."

"Things were a lot quieter," said Craig Zimmerman of Ringtown. "Typically when we're up there [on Long Island], there's a lot of activity. So I think folks were gearing up for it."

While some drivers hit the road Sunday instead of Monday, many drivers admitted, for the most part, the storm hasn't lived up to their initial expectations.

"We really expected really bad weather and in fact, we had to cancel a couple of things on the east coast because we thought the rain would come in, but it turned out to be a beautiful weekend," said Kim Remy of Bushkill.

After what happened farther south, Jeff and Riley McLaughlin didn't know what to expect when they came to pick up their new puppy in New Jersey over the weekend.

"We're looking at the forecast all week and we saw there may be some weather on Sunday, and we're expecting the worst when we went to pick him up, but it turned out to be a beautiful day here," said Jeff McLaughlin of Forty Fort.