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Tropical Storm Arthur May Affect Holiday Travel Plans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- Tropical Storm Arthur is threatening to disrupt travel plans for millions of holiday travelers along the east coast. 

The Outer Banks of North Carolina and Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head in South Carolina are among the top travel destinations for Ohioans.

"It's definitely a good idea to call ahead, call the hotel, to make sure they're still going to be open," said AAA Ohio's Kimberly Schwind.

Even after the storm passes, you'll want to find out what type of damage has been done at your hotel and if that's impacting any of the amenities. Also ask if they have a policy to transfer you to another facility if you're not happy with your accommodations when you arrive.

"It's really a good idea to know what you're getting into after a hurricane has gone through just so there's no surprises when you arrive on vacation," Schwind said.

She also suggests that anyone who is flying should call their airline before leaving to see if there are any delays or cancellations. Even if you're not flying to the impacted area, Schwind says there is usually a ripple effect with air travel.

Traveling to the coasts during hurricane season can be tricky. It's one reason Schwind also recommends using a travel agent to book your hotel instead of doing it yourself.

"That doesn't always mean you're going to get your money back if something happens, but they can certainly help you out and up-front you can know what you're getting into and know that if you do have to cancel last minute what the repercussions will be," she said.

 

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