Travel Alert October 2017: Severe Weather to Impact Northeastern United States

If the northeastern 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 resulting from two storms which will become one significant storm.

Travel Alert October 2017: Severe Weather to Impact Northeastern United States

Although this storm is not expected to be anywhere near as powerful or destructive as the storm called Sandy five years ago, a similar setup is occurring, as a storm from the tropics is forecast to converge with a storm arriving from the midwestern United States sometime later this weekend — and is expected to result in wreaking havoc with travel.

Cities which are expected to experience as much as six inches of rain within 36 hours — resulting in flash flooding, flooding along coastal areas of up to four feet above normal, and significant localized flooding — include New York, Boston, Montréal, the District of Columbia, Hartford, Virginia Beach, Syracuse, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Portland, Baltimore, Providence, Albany, Burlington and Wilmington.

Which Wilmington, you might ask — North Carolina, Delaware or Massachusetts? Yes to all three of them.

Additionally, wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour — close to the strength of a Category 1 hurricane — are expected and will cause damage. Power outages are possible as a result.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the northeastern 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 three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 20 airports for Sunday, October 29, 2017; and Wednesday, November 1, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for eleven airports for Sunday, October 29, 2017; and Wednesday, November 1, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for six airports for Sunday, October 29, 2017; and Wednesday, November 1, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Expect additional airlines to issue travel alerts within the next 48 hours.

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: National Weather Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

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