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Hurricane Earl not expected to make landfall in Virginia; Emergency officials ask for residents to stay tuned to weather reports

 A satellite image shows a Category 4 Hurricane Earl barreling toward the U.S. coast early yesterday.
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Date published: 9/1/2010


"We want to have people ready to go at each of the states if there's a request," Fugate said.

Based on yesterday's forecast, the Fredericksburg area is not expected to see rain or tropical force winds from Hurricane Earl.

The National Weather Service forecasts sunny skies with temperatures in the low 90s tomorrow and Friday, and sunny or clear skies and temperatures in the mid-80s Saturday and Sunday.

For the 929,500 Virginians planning to travel farther than 50 miles from home over Labor Day weekend, AAA Mid-Atlantic recommends checking the rules and regulations of vacation cancellation policies, so travelers can make an informed choice, Meade said.

"Making contact with your travel vendor or the home you've rented is a very good idea at this point," Meade said.

Expect the roads to be crowded, hurricane or not, as 91 percent of Labor Day vacationers are driving to their destination this year.

"That's much higher than we generally see for any holiday," Meade said.

Airfare prices are averaging $179 per round trip this Labor Day weekend, a 9 percent increase in fare prices from Labor Day 2009, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Hotel room rate costs are averaging $139 a night, up 6 percent and rental car rates are $49 for a weekend rental on average, also up 7 percent, according to AAA.

Kelly Hannon: 540/374-5436
Email: khannon@freelancestar.com

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