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October 29, 2012

Area travelers feeling storm's wrath

MANKATO —  

Vacations out East have affected plenty of Minnesotans, including folks with ties to the Mankato area.

Active-duty serviceman Eric Loge of Mankato is stationed in Maryland, and he commented on The Free Press Facebook page that he was just biding time before the power was expected to go out Monday. Hollie Wilmes-Cox, also from Mankato, was in western North Carolina Monday awaiting the snowstorm that was about to hit the Appalachian mountains.

Others, vacationing where the eye of the storm was about to hit farther north, were high-tailing it out of the area.

Brittany Katuin, who works in technical support for Verizon Wireless Center, has been on a road trip with her husband along the East Coast since last week. Katuin was the costume designer at Bethany Lutheran College until last semester, and she has been doing some work at a college in upstate New York for a few months. Her husband flew in from their home in Eden Prairie to start their road trip in Syracuse.

The couple left for Boston on Thursday and also spent a couple of days in New York during the weekend. From there, they drove to Philadelphia to visit Katuin’s cousin, but news of the impending storm was all over the media. So they decided it was best to leave Philadelphia early Monday morning to get ahead of the storm.

“We were going to spend the next three days in (Washington) D.C. We did cancel that,” she said.

While in Philadelphia, the city shut down the transit, and bridges were being closed Monday. Roads were being closed south of where Katuin’s cousin’s family lives, just over the river from Philadelphia in New Jersey.

“We were basically outrunning the storm,” Katuin said from her cellphone on the road. “The most exciting parts of the storm aren’t supposed to be happening mainly until 8 o’clock (Monday night). ... We were supposed to be running straight into it (in D.C.).”

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