Houston Airports to Resume Operations Today — But…

Both airports which serve the greater Houston metropolitan area are scheduled to once again resume operations today, according to this official statement — which contains the following text that was copied verbatim — released from Houston Airport System:

The Houston Airports plans to resume limited domestic airline passenger service TODAY at 4 p.m. following severe weather caused by Hurricane Harvey. The plan is to begin a phased return to service, with full serice expected by this weekend. Contact your air carrier for specific flight status updates regarding your flight. Only those with a ticket for a confirmed scheduled flight should come to the airport. Many roads around the City of Houston are still unsafe for travel, therefore, we urge all passengers to take their time arriving to the airports and to solidify a safe route to and/or from our facilities.

Houston Airports to Resume Operations Today — But…

Tropical Storm Harvey

Tropical Storm Harvey is over the state of Louisiana, which is outlined with purple lines. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

After landfall occurred before dawn this morning near Cameron in Louisiana, Tropical Storm Harvey — which is blamed for at least 24 fatalities — is finally slowly leaving Houston and other areas which were ravaged by catastrophic flooding caused by both record amounts of precipitation and some storm surge. Rainfall amounts have approached 52 inches in some parts of Texas; and the city of Port Arthur is now inundated in floodwaters.

In the path of the northeastward trek of Harvey — which will eventually be downgraded to a tropical depression — up to a foot of rain is expected in locations such as Monroe, Vicksburg, Greenville, Memphis, Paducah and Evansville. Meanwhile, up to four inches of precipitation are expected in cities such as Little Rock, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Nashville, Montgomery, Asheville, Louisville, Birmingham and Chattanooga.

Harvey is expected to head towards the northeast, affecting Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Raleigh, Virginia Beach, Wilmington, Albany, Charleston, Portland, Philadelphia, Providence, Newark, Hartford and the District of Columbia with rain — some of those areas which were already affected by the storm which was never named Irma. Localized flooding is possible.

At the time this article was written, airlines have not yet extended travel alerts beyond Texas and Louisiana — and even if they do not do so, flight delays due to heavy rainfall are indeed possible. If you are traveling to, from or within the eastern third of the United States within the next week, ensure that you keep yourself informed with the latest updates.

Summary

Thousands of flights have already been canceled due to the unprecedented effects of the storm; so be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely and carefully.

Please also keep the people of southeastern Texas and southern Louisiana in your thoughts and prayers, as tens of thousands of displaced people remain homeless; while hundreds of thousands are expected to be in need of disaster assistance. They will need all of the help that they can get…

…and here is how you can help — and perhaps earn some miles in the process:

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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