Because of the gas situation, some people are choosing an armchair over a beach chair this holiday weekend. Before hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Triple A Carolinas had forecast that slightly more than a million Carolinians would travel this weekend. Instead Triple A estimates the number of North Carolina motorists driving 50 miles or more from home will drop ten percent to 15 percent compared to past Labor Day holidays. The effect on hotels on the coast and in the mountains is spotty. Some hotels reported little or no impact, while others handled a wave of cancellations with fears of more.
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