If you plan on traveling this weekend while Tropical Storm Karen is churning towards the Gulf Coast, AAA spokesman Don Redman says, don't.
"This is going to be a heavy rain maker with severe winds or heavy gusts of wind. That's going to make driving very hazardous and if that's really not crucial or critical for you to travel we recommend just stay off the road ways, stay in place - batten down and let the storm blow through." Redman says to expect the roadways to be "choked" with traffic. "So you may want to consider alternate routes to get to your destination."
If you are traveling or forced to evacuate in any of the impacted areas, Redman offers this advice, "We certainly recommend right now making sure your gas tank is topped off and you're ready to leave based on what your officials warn you or advise you to do."Gas gouging shouldn't be an issue according to Redman. He says the average statewide is $3.14. However, expect a bump in prices at the pump one Karen moves out . "There may be a slight bump but certainly not expecting any dramatic prices until after the storm passes over."
and if you suspect a gas station is gouging prices during this state of emergency - Redman says you can report that to the attorney general's office.
If you or your relatives plan on traveling this weekend while Tropical Storm Karen moves closer, here are some helpful sites that you can use if you're traveling by train or plane. You can also track flight numbers by using the airline websites as well.
For those traveling by Amtrak train, here is the website to check train schedules, delays and arrivals. http://www.amtrak.com/train-schedules-timetables
If you are traveling to or from the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers Airport here's the link to track flights. http://www.jmaa.com/jan/flight-information/
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