CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For some, it's been a waiting game.
"I'm here waiting on my daughter and her family," said Jim Kneece.
Kneece, sitting patiently outside the gate at the Charleston International Airport, said he's been looking forward to hugging his granddaughter for months. His family was flying in from Maine.
Others, like Ronnie Wilson, waited more than an hour for his mother's arrival.
"She's coming from D.C. and there's just a lot of airplanes on the tarmac," said Wilson, holding his 2-year-old son.
At times, he questioned if his son would see his grandma this Christmas.
"Wondering if they were even going to make it in with all the rain we've had," said Wilson.
Others, who just landed, were breathing a big sigh of relief.
"We're coming from Washington, D.C. and we did 2 hours in line and 10 minutes to get to the gate before it took off," said Sandy Parker alongside her daughter Kirsten.
"I've never seen my mom run so fast," said Kirsten Parker.
The rush was seen and heard throughout the airport.
According to AAA, 99 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this holiday season. That's up 4% from 94.8 million a year ago.
It's the highest since AAA begin keeping record in 2001.
"Traffic through Baltimore, through Washington and monsoons in North Carolina," said Lisa Dittmeier waiting on her brother to arrive.
The weather caused delays, lines and worry.
"So afraid we weren't going to make it and we wouldn't have Christmas with our family," said Sandy Parker.
The inclement just made the homecoming that much sweeter.
"Hi, Merry Christmas!" said Kneece hugging his granddaughter.