Driving on the New Jersey Turnpike this morning was like driving through milk. Sheets of rain cut visibility to inches and wind gusts shoved cars from lane to lane.
Among those braving the turnpike despite Hurricane Gloria's northward sweep were 43 tourists, bound from Texas for New York by bus. They had stopped at a service area on the turnpike near Woodbridge to wait out the torrential rains.
"We seem to be going with it. But it's not so bad. I've seen worse," said Hazel Wood, 60, of Athens, Tex. He had survived Hurricane Camille, which killed more than 250 on the Gulf Coast in 1969.
The group -- all wearing red, white and blue name tags complete with an outline of the Lone Star State -- left Tyler, Tex., a week ago on an 18-day tour of the Northeast and Canada. For much of the trip, they were chasing -- or being chased by -- Gloria.
"We were in Philadelphia last night, and they told us to leave because the hurricane was going to hit. So we lost Philadelphia -- missed seeing it altogether," said Eddy Fowler, 70, a retired Tyler psychology professor.
"It's my first time out of Arkansas, but I don't think I'll be back," said Joann Farish of El Dorado, Ark., looking fearfully out the window. "We were supposed to see the musical "Cats" tonight. Now I'm not sure what will happen. Look at it out there, it's sure raining cats and dogs isn't it?"
On Broadway, where the storm hardly seemed to happen, the curtain for "Cats" went up on schedule at 8 p.m.