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

Travel Alert August 2017: Tropical Storm Lidia to Affect Western Mexico

If southern portions of the peninsula of Baja California Sur and western Mexico 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 — due to a storm which is expected to become Tropical Storm Lidia and is forecast to deliver as much as 20 inches of torrential rain in some locations; and flash flooding which could threaten lives.

Travel Alert August 2017: Tropical Storm Lidia to Affect Western Mexico

Tropical Storm Lidia
Tropical Storm Lidia heads towards the coastline of the state of Baja California Sur, which is outlined with purple lines. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is currently in the Gulf of Mexico and moving north northwest at a speed of seven miles per hour — are at 40 miles per hour. This system is expected to officially become Tropical Storm Lidia as soon as later tonight; and it could strengthen to a minimal hurricane as it impacts western Mexico.

In addition to strong gusty winds, disruptions in power, dangerous rip currents, high surf and beach erosion, a dangerous storm surge, flash flooding and significant mudslides are possible.

Airports which are expected to experience interruptions and delays in operations include — but are not limited to — those in Cabo San Lucas, Loreto, and La Paz.

This is the same region which was significantly impacted by the effects of Hurricane Odile almost three years ago. That hurricane was the strongest tropical system in recorded history to ever directly impact Baja California Sur; and it caused the closure of resort properties in the area due to widespread damage — such as the Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort, The Westin Resort & Spa, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, and Hyatt Place Los Cabos.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in the region of Baja California Sur and western Mexico over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter 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 six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Thursday, August 31, 2017 through Friday, September 1, 2017; and Tuesday, September 5, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Thursday, August 31, 2017 through Friday, September 1, 2017; and Tuesday, September 5, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Thursday, August 31, 2017 through Friday, September 1, 2017; and Monday, September 4, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued travel alerts for Cabo San Lucas and Loreto for Thursday, August 31, 2017 through Thursday, September 2, 2017; and Wednesday, September 6, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Thursday, August 31, 2017 through Friday, September 1, 2017; and Friday, September 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • WestJet Airways has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Thursday, August 31, 2017 through Sunday, September 3, 2017.

Summary

Do not be surprised if additional travel alerts are issued by airlines as a result of this storm. Curiously, no travel alerts have yet been issued by Aeromexico.

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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