Travel Alert September 2017: Tropical Storm Pilar to Affect Southwestern Mexico

If southwestern 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 Pilar.

Travel Alert September 2017: Tropical Storm Pilar to Affect Southwestern Mexico

Tropical Storm Pilar

Tropical Storm Maria churns in the Pacific Ocean as it heads north northwest towards the southwestern coast of Mexico, which is outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Tropical Storm Pilar — which is currently in the Pacific Ocean approximately 35 miles south southwest of Cabo Corrientes and moving north northwest at a speed of eight miles per hour — are at 45 miles per hour; and it is not expected to develop into a hurricane. In fact, it is expected to weaken prior to landfall on the mainland coast, which has been predicted to occur sometime on Tuesday, September 26, 2017; and it is forecast to be downgraded to a tropical depression shortly thereafter.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued along the southwestern coast of Mexico from Playa Perula to El Roblito — and that includes Puerto Vallarta.

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 three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan for Sunday, September 24, 2017 through Wednesday, September 27, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Puerto Vallarta for Sunday, September 24, 2017 through Wednesday, September 27, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan for Monday, September 25, 2017 through Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

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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