Travel Alert Update: New Waivers for Tropical Storm Hermine

I f the greater metropolitan New York area and other destinations along the northeastern coast of the 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.

Tropical Storm Hermine 2016

Satellite image of Tropical Storm Hermine. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Travel Alert Update: New Waivers for Tropical Storm Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine — whose landfall occurred as a Category 1 hurricane at approximately 1:30 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time just east of St. Marks, Florida and has since affected much of the eastern seaboard of the United States — is forecast to basically stall or move slowly to the north and northeast through Wednesday of this week; and that is expected to bring strong winds, coastal flooding and rough surf.

During that slow movement, the storm could regain strength as a Category 1 hurricane once again. The effects of this storm are expected to affect the northeastern coast of the United States from the northern outer banks of North Carolina to Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in New York or to cities from Virginia Beach to Boston — which are expected to be affected by Tropical Storm Hermine — travel may occur as normal; but expect delays and cancellations to possibly occur just the same. 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 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 either of these areas, watch out for possible deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

The results of the storm are not expected to be anywhere near catastrophic; but they are enough for the following airlines to issue travel alerts — and be sure to check the specific airline on which you plan on traveling as a passenger, as the conditions for the travel waiver vary widely between airlines:

Summary

Not since 2005 has the state of Florida experienced a landfall by a hurricane; and that was when Hurricane Wilma directly affected southern Florida 11 years ago during a historic tropical weather season. This storm will be nowhere near as intense or as destructive.

Nevertheless, contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — and please: travel safely.

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

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