Travel Alert October 2017: Tropical Storm Nate to Affect Costa Rica and Eastern Mexico

If Costa Rica or the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico 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 Tropical Storm Nate.

Travel Alert October 2017: Tropical Storm Nate to Affect Costa Rica and Eastern Mexico

Tropical Storm Nate

Tropical Storm Nate churns over the eastern coast of Honduras as it heads north northwest towards the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, which is outlined in purple along with Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Tropical Storm Nate — which is currently approximately 40 miles west southwest of Puerto Lempira in Honduras and moving north northwest at a speed of ten miles per hour — are at 40 miles per hour; and it is expected to develop into a Category 1 hurricane sometime this weekend when it is out over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico towards the gulf coast of the United States.

Tropical Storm Nate

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

Hurricane watches are in effect for the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico; while tropical storm warnings have been issued along the northeastern coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua.

Mudslides, beach erosion, rough surf, localized flash flooding, strong rip currents, windy conditions and significant rainfall of up to eight inches is possible in some areas. Power outages are also possible.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to southwestern Mexico 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 seven airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 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.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for Liberia and San José in Costa Rica for Thursday, October 5, 2017 through Friday, October 6, 2017; and Monday, October 9, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 15 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • Liberia and San José for Thursday, October 5, 2017 through Friday, October 6, 2017; and Friday, October 20, 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 Sunday, October 22, 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.
  • 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.
  • WestJet Airways has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Friday, October 6, 2017.

Summary

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as the storm closes in on the gulf coast of the United States and intensifies into a hurricane in the process.

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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