Hermine wreaks havoc on holiday travel

Wet roads and airport delays cause trouble for people trying to take off early for the holiday weekend.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wet weather delivered by Tropical Storm Hermine Friday put a damper on people trying to take off early for the long holiday weekend. 

Slick roads and several delays along with cancellations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport spelled trouble for anyone looking to get away.

More than 15 million people left home for the holiday weekend. North Carolina Dept. of Transportation cameras showed the bumper-to-bumper traffic.

According to North Carolina State Highway Patrol, there were 48 accidents on Charlotte-area roads Friday. That number is nearly double the normal amount.

Relentless rain from Hermine held motorists below the speed limit.

"We are going to Lake Oconee, Georgia," said Kolby Herndon.

Herndon and his trusty sidekick Booey braved the elements on I-77.

"It's not too bad," said Herndon.

Most drivers behind the wheel saw their fair share of brake lights, including at the airport. There were dozens of delays and cancellations which created a travel nightmare.

"It was probably the rockiest flight I've been on in a while," said Konzen.

Lost luggage plagued hundreds of passengers. The baggage claim looked more like a suitcase graveyard.

"My luggage was missing," said Emmanuel Meremini.

Twila York came from Ft. Lauderdale and was hoping for a girl's weekend in Charleston. She was celebrating her 60th birthday, but Tropical Storm Hermine put her plans on hold.

"They said no go to Charleston so now we're just driving in the morning," said York.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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