Travel Alert: Tropical Storm Nicole to Affect Bermuda
I f Bermuda 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.
Tropical Storm Nicole to Affect Bermuda
Tropical Storm Nicole is currently heading in a north-northwesterly direction at five miles per hour in the Atlantic Ocean with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour; and it is currently located approximately 365 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, where both a hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning has been issued because the storm is expected to turn north and strengthen into a hurricane once again — meaning that a hurricane warning could be issued for Bermuda as early as later today; and tropical storm conditions could commence in as soon as a few hours.
Up to four inches of rain could fall in Bermuda as a result of this storm. Swells in the water off of the coast of Bermuda should eventually increase over the next couple of days, creating dangerous surf conditions and rip currents — and the winds will increase as hurricane conditions are expected to impact Bermuda by tomorrow evening, Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
Forecasts indicate that Tropical Storm Nicole could possibly strengthen with maximum sustained winds at 100 miles per hour — which would classify the storm as a strong Category 2 hurricane.
Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations
If you are traveling to anywhere in Bermuda — which is expected to be adversely affected by what is expected to become Hurricane Nicole — 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.
Here are three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of Tropical Storm Nicole:
- Delta Air Lines currently has an alert for travel to Bermuda between Thursday, October 13, 2016 and Friday, October 14, 2016 where your ticket must be reissued on or prior to — and rebooked travel must begin no later than — Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
- JetBlue Airways currently has an alert for travel to Bermuda between Thursday, October 13, 2016 and Friday, October 14, 2016 where your ticket must be reissued on or prior to — and rebooked travel must begin no later than — Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
- American Airlines has a similar travel waiver — except that the alert is for Thursday, October 13, 2016 and you can travel on either October 11 – 12, 2016 or October 14 – 16, 2016.
The aforementioned alerts pertain to Bermuda only. Contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — and please: travel safely.
Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.