Canceled flights stranded many, including the Normandeau family. They were thousands of miles from home and forced to race north ahead of Sandy.
"When they canceled our flight, they told us we couldn't get out until Thursday," Patricia Normandeau said as she rifled through a rental car's trunk at a rest stop on I-95 south of Baltimore. En route from West Palm Beach, Fla. to outside Portland, Maine, the family keeps checking smartphones in hopes they can make better time than the behemoth storm that's churning north at 15 miles an hour.
"We left at 3 p.m. yesterday, and we've just been taking turns driving," Normandeau said at 7 a.m. Monday. "We only hit rain about two hours ago."
Across the lot, John Esposito rested briefly on his overnight drive from South Carolina to New Jersey, cutting short his vacation to join his son and dogs before the worst of Sandy hits. He hopes to roll into Hazlet, N.J., by mid-morning Monday, when Sandy still feels like a chilly autumn downpour instead of the worst storm to hit the area in 75 years.
"It's been uneventful, so far," Esposito said, adding he plans to keep it that way by racing home early.
"With hurricanes, you just have to learn," he said. "You get a sense of what you can and can't do."
Baltimore Sun reporters Ian Duncan, Luke Broadwater, Steve Kilar, Erica L. Green, Jessica Anderson, Candy Thomson and Andrea F. Siegel contributed to this report. Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts