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Hurricane Irene strands Greyhound passengers in Memphis

(WMC-TV) - Hurricane Irene left some Greyhound bus passengers stranded in Memphis over the weekend.

Sisters Dianne Beals and Julia Willett were stranded at a Memphis motel Sunday.

"It's horrible, it's nerve-wracking, it's stressful," said Beals.  "It's been horrible."

The sisters said their ordeal started Friday as they were riding the Greyhound bus from Houston, Texas to their homes near Roanoke, Virginia.

"It's about 1,200 miles," said Willett.

They said when they got to Memphis, they were told that bus tickets to Roanoke have been put on hold because of hurricane threats along the East Coast.

"It's horrible to be stranded," said Willett.  "I'm on a fixed income, I have a special needs child."

They said Memphis' Holy Spirit Church and several others have helped out with food and money for lodging, but each day gets more and more challenging.

"I don't know what we are going to do," said Willett.  "We're hoping and praying that someone will help us out with two more nights of hotel and some food."

The sisters said living in the Roanoke area has given them firsthand knowledge about the danger of hurricanes, but they said what bothers them is the fact the bus routes closed so early.

"We knew it was going to hit, but it wasn't supposed to hit until Saturday night," said Beals.  "We were both going to be home Saturday morning, no problem.  Actually, they closed everything down well before it hit."

The sisters said Hurricane Irene is a name they will remember for a long time.

"Irene is no friend of mine," said Willett.

The sisters said Greyhound officials told them that bus services to Virginia could be delayed until Tuesday.

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