BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This weekend, Maryland drivers are hoping to beat traffic and the impending storm.
According to the Maryland Transportation Authority, about 35 million Americans will hop in their cars this Labor Day weekend, and 1.8 million of those drivers will be on Maryland’s highways.
“We’re expecting to see about a one percent increase in traffic volumes when compared to last year,” said MTA Representative, John Sales.
This weekend, an estimated 350,000 drivers will be traveling to the Eastern Shore via the Bay Bridge.
“We drove all night,” said driver Walt Healis. “Yeah, we leave at night.”
With Tropical Storm Hermine on its way up the East Coast, holiday drivers and officials are hoping for the best.
“We know that downpours and flooded roadways can make things very dangerous, very quickly,” said Ragina Averella, of AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Some drivers are doing everything they can to avoid being caught up in the storm.
“I’m from Charlotte, we’ve already had part of it,” said driver Jeannie Roberts. “It was really, really bad yesterday, so I wanted to beat the rain.”
Officials say if you’re going to be on the road this weekend, try to drive during off-peak hours, wear your seat belt, use your headlights and always check travel conditions for accidents or flooding.