Update: New Travel Alerts for Hurricane Katia

If eastern and central Mexico 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 Hurricane Katia, which has become better defined and more organized since the last update.

Update: New Travel Alerts for Hurricane Katia

Hurricane Katia

Hurricane Katia slowly moves towards the eastern 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 Hurricane Katia — which is currently 135 miles southeast of Tampico and is moving west at five miles per hour — are at 105 miles per hour, which means that it is currently classified as a Category 2 hurricane. Landfall along the east coast of Mexico is expected to occur sometime later today.

This storm is forecast to strengthen more — possibly to a Category 3 hurricane — before moving southwest towards the coast. Mexico City is no longer directly in the center of its projected path; but it is still expected to be impacted by the storm — although it is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it possibly arrives on the evening of Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Effects from Hurricane Katia include beach erosion, rough surf, strong rip currents, windy conditions, coastal flooding due to a storm surge of up to seven feet, and significant rainfall of up to 25 inches in isolated areas. Mudslides may be possible in the mountains of central Mexico. Power outages and localized flooding is possible. The effects could be exacerbated due to the slow forward movement of this storm.

Hurricane warnings are in currently effect from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde; and tropical storm warnings are in effect from north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from anywhere in eastern or central 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 five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Mexico City and Puebla for Friday, September 8, 2017 through Saturday, September 9, 2017; and Monday, September 11, 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 Mexico City for Friday, September 8, 2017 through Saturday, September 9, 2017; and Tuesday, September 12, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Mexico City, Puebla, Tampico and Veracruz for Friday, September 8, 2017 through Saturday, September 9, 2017; and Tuesday, September 12, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Aeromexico has issued travel alerts for Tampico and Veracruz for Friday, September 8, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017; and Saturday, September 16, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin
  • Air Canada has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for Thursday, September 7, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017; and Thursday, September 21, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin

Summary

Expect more travel alerts from other airlines — especially those which serve Mexico City — to be added within the next couple of days.

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.

6 thoughts on “Update: New Travel Alerts for Hurricane Katia”

  1. DaninMCI says:

    Combined with the 8.2 earthquake in the South and Mexico is really getting hammered for sure. Thanks for the updates.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You are welcome, DaninMCI — and thank you for reading them.

      My probably flawed philosophy is that the itineraries of travelers who are affected by Hurricane Katia and Hurricane José are no less important than the itineraries of travelers of Hurricane Irma.

      Yes, Mexico is indeed getting hammered. My thoughts and prayers are with the people who are there…

  2. Evelena says:

    I’m checking to see if there has been any damage in Cozemal or nearby areas. There is a Cruise schedule for next weekend into the following week

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Cozumel is unaffected by Hurricane Katia, Evelena; and it is not expected to be affected by either Hurricane Irma or Hurricane José.

      The only way your cruise will be interrupted is if ships are temporarily re-allocated to other routes. Contact the cruise line for additional information.

      Otherwise, bon voyage and travel safely!

  3. Casey says:

    We are flying to Puerto Vallarta Tuesday, how will our travel\vacation be affected by Katia?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Your trip will not be affected at all by Katia, Casey.

      The biggest issue you will face in terms of weather is the possibility of an occasional thunderstorm while you are there.

      Enjoy your trip!

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