Travel Alert October 2017: Hurricane Nate to Impact Southeastern United States

If the southeastern United States is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the effects from Hurricane Nate.

Travel Alert October 2017: Hurricane Nate to Impact Southeastern United States

Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate races towards the gulf coast of the United States as it heads north northwest towards Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana which are outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Nate — which is currently approximately 255 miles south of Biloxi and moving north northwest at a speed of 26 miles per hour — are at 90 miles per hour; and it is expected to develop into a Category 2 hurricane sometime this evening out over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before landfall occurs at the gulf coast of the United States somewhere between Gulfport and Mobile.

Hurricane Nate

Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

A hurricane warning is in effect from Grand Isle in Louisiana to the border Alabama shares with Florida. Cities under this warning include Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Gulfport, Biloxi and Mobile.

Hurricane watches are in effect for the central southern coast of Louisiana — as well as the panhandle of Florida east to the border of Okaloosa County and Walton County, which includes Pensacola.

Cities from portions of Louisiana to Alabama — such as Hattiesburg, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Birmingham — are currently under tropical storm warnings; while tropical storm watches have been issued in cities such as Morgan City, Atlanta, Auburn and Panama City.

A storm surge of up to eleven feet, beach erosion, rough surf, localized flash flooding, strong rip currents, windy conditions and significant rainfall of up to ten inches is possible in some areas. Power outages are also possible from New Orleans to Asheville to extreme southern portions of Kentucky and Virginia to Panama City.

The Bankhead Tunnel is currently closed to traffic on Interstate 10 in Mobile.

This is a fast-moving storm; so even though damage is forecast to occur as a Category 2 hurricane, the effects will not last too long. Hurricane Nate is expect to weaken to a tropical storm by tomorrow morning and should already be affecting the northeastern United States as a tropical depression on Monday and Tuesday.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the southeastern United States over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are 15 airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 27 airports in total:
    • Cancún and Cozumel in Mexico and Liberia and San José in Costa Rica for Thursday, October 5, 2017 through Saturday, October 7, 2017; and Monday, October 9, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Destin, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Meridian, Mobile, Montgomery, New Orleans and Pensacola for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Monday, October 9, 2017; and Sunday, October 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Asheville, Atlanta, Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, Charleston, Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Greenville/Spartanburg, Huntington, Huntsville, Knoxville, Lynchburg and Roanoke for Saturday, October 7, 2017 through Tuesday, October 10, 2017; and Sunday, October 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for ten airports in total:
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 14 airports in total:
    • Liberia and San José for Thursday, October 5, 2017 through Sunday, October 8, 2017; and Sunday, October 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Fort Walton Beach, Gulfport, Huntsville, Jackson, Lafayette, Mobile, New Orleans and Pensacola for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Monday, October 9, 2017; and Sunday, October 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued a travel alert for New Orleans for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Monday, October 9, 2017; and Sunday, October 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for four airports in total:
    • Cancún for Thursday, October 5, 2017 through Saturday, October 7, 2017; and Saturday, October 21, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • New Orleans, Panama City and Pensacola for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Monday, October 9, 2017; and Monday, October 23, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for four airports in total:
    • Cancún for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Saturday, October 7, 2017; and Monday, October 9, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Liberia and San José for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Sunday, October 8, 2017; and Monday, October 9, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • New Orleans for Saturday, October 7, 2017 through Sunday, October 8, 2017; and Wednesday, October 11, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for Cancún and New Orleans for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Monday, October 9, 2017; and Sunday, October 29, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for two airports in total:
    • Cancún for Friday, October 6, 2017; and Monday, October 9, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • New Orleans for Saturday, October 7, 2017 through Sunday, October 8, 2017; and Thursday, October 12, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Allegiant Air has issued travel alerts for New Orleans and Gulfport for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Tuesday, October 10, 2017; and Tuesday, October 24, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin
  • Sun Country Airlines has issued travel alerts for Cancún and Gulfport for Thursday, October 5, 2017 through Sunday, October 8, 2017; and Sunday, October 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for Cancún and New Orleans for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Monday, October 9, 2017; and Saturday, October 21, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for Cancún, Liberia and San José for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Sunday, October 8, 2017.
  • Aeromexico has issued travel alerts for Cancún and San José for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Sunday, October 8, 2017; and Monday, October 16, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin for San José, while Tuesday, October 31, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin for Cancún.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for Baton Rouge, Destin, Gulfport, Jackson, Lafayette, Mobile, New Orleans and Pensacola for Friday, October 6, 2017 through Monday, October 9, 2017; and Sunday, October 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

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.

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

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