Travel Alert: Tropical Storm Erika Aims for Florida and Northern Caribbean Countries

f Florida, Haiti, or portions of eastern Cuba, western Dominican Republic or the western Bahamas are 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.

Tropical Storm Erika is currently heading in a west-northwesterly direction towards the Dominican Republic; and the impact expected later today could be significant, with thunderstorms dumping as much as four inches of rain, rough seas and possible flooding.

Tropical Storm Erika Potential Impacts

Weather map courtesy of AccuWeather.com. Click on the map to access its source.

Rick Scott — who is the governor of the state of Florida — declared a state of emergency earlier today, according to this article written by Alex Sosnowski, who is a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.com.

Despite forecasts that Tropical Storm Erica is not expected to develop into a hurricane on its current track — and in fact may weaken to a tropical depression — if you are traveling to anywhere in Florida or to cities in Haiti, portions of eastern Cuba, western Dominican Republic or the western Bahamas, expect delays and cancellations. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to these tropical systems 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 will most likely 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.

Contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — and please: travel safely. Travel advisories have already been issued by such carriers as Delta Air Lines where you can change or cancel your itinerary and possibly receive a full refund where applicable — free of charge.

The following are discussions posted on Milepoint and FlyerTalk related to Tropical Storm Erika, with possible additional discussions expected to be posted:

Weather maps courtesy of AccuWeather.

3 thoughts on “Travel Alert: Tropical Storm Erika Aims for Florida and Northern Caribbean Countries”

  1. Nick says:

    Since Katrina every politician declares a state of emergency at the merest hint of a hurricane to save their political skin.

    1. Christian says:

      +1. A few inches of rain will just help replenish the Biscayne Aquifer.

      1. Brian Cohen says:

        The remnants are currently swirling harmlessly over South Carolina. I am glad that the storm did not become a destructive event in the United States; but it did cause deaths in the Caribbean, unfortunately.

        Did the Biscayne Aquifer fill up any, Christian?

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