Hurricane Irene: BYU students, missionaries safe in D.C. area

Hurricane Irene’s swipe at the East Coast left only slight damage in Washington, D.C., but proved a memorable welcome for newly arrived interns in BYU’s Washington Seminar.

Several students had flights cancelled or delayed and missed the hurricane as well as the check-in. A married couple drove the final 700 miles of their cross-country trip in one day in order to make it ahead of the heavy rains and winds that hit the area late Saturday afternoon as they were unloading their car.

Nearly 40 BYU students will call the Barlow Center “home” as they work in internships fall semester. New arrivals were greeted with urgent instructions to get to a nearby neighborhood store and buy water and food to get through the weekend. They were greeted at the store with long lines waiting to get in as Washingtonians prepared to hunker down.

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