Travel Alert August 2019: Major Hurricane Dorian to Impact Florida and the Bahamas

If Florida is in your travel plans over the next few days and Labor Day weekend, 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 Hurricane Dorian, of which landfall of what is forecast to be a powerful major hurricane could possible occur on the eastern coast of Florida as early as Monday afternoon, September 2, 2019.

Travel Alert August 2019: Major Hurricane Dorian to Impact Florida and the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian

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

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is currently centered approximately 330 miles east  of the southeastern Bahamas and is moving northwest at approximately 13 miles per hour — are 85 miles per hour, which means that this storm is currently a hurricane. Strengthening to a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour while growing in size is not out of the question — but that scenario is probable as the storm heads towards the Bahamas and Florida.

Expect hurricane warnings, hurricane watches, tropical storm warnings and tropical storm watches to be issued for the Bahamas and Florida within the next day or two, depending on the forward speed of the storm.

Up to 24 inches — yes, two feet — of rain is expected to fall in localized areas of central Florida through Tuesday, September 3, 2019, which will result in severe flooding.

Brian Kemp — who is the current governor of the state of Georgia — issued a state of emergency for 12 counties along the coast of that state; while a state of emergency has been issued for all 67 counties in the state of Florida by Ron DeSantis, who is the current governor of that state.

Gasoline supplies have already been dwindling at fuel stations in parts of Florida; while the shelves of home improvement stores have already started emptying out.

In addition, greater than 2,500 Florida Guard troops have been activated into duty.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the Bahamas and Florida 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 nine airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for
    • 13 airports in Florida for Thursday, August 29, 2019 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019; and Wednesday, September 11, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Freeport, George Town, Marsh Harbour, Nassau and Providenciales for Friday, August 30, 2019 through Saturday, August 31, 2019; and Saturday, September 7, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for:
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Nassau and nine airports in Florida for Thursday, August 29, 2019 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019; and Wednesday, September 11, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Aguadilla, Punta Cana and San Juan for Wednesday, August 28, 2019 through Thursday, August 29, 2019; and Sunday, September 1, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Providenciales, Punta Cana and San Juan for Monday, August 26, 2019 through Friday, August 30, 2019; and Friday, September 13, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Nassau for Tuesday, August 27, 2019 through Sunday, September 1, 2019; and Sunday, September 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Six airports in Florida for Saturday, August 31, 2019 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019; and Wednesday, September 18, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for:
    • Nassau for Sunday, September 1, 2019; and Saturday, September 7, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando and Palm Beach for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Tuesday, September 3, 2019; and Tuesday, September 10, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Aguadilla, Ponce, San Juan and Saint Thomas for Wednesday, August 28 through Thursday, August 29, 2019; and Sunday, September 1, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Eight airports in Florida for Monday, September 2, 2019 through Tuesday, September 3, 2019; and Friday, September 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Punta Cana and San Juan for Monday, August 26, 2019 through Friday, August 30, 2019; and Friday, September 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airways has issued travel alerts for six airports in three countries and territories for Tuesday, August 27, 2019 through Friday, August 30, 2019; and Thursday, September 5, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Allegiant Air has issued travel alerts for Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Sanford and San Juan for Saturday, August 31, 2019 through Monday, September 2, 2019.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for Puerto Plata and Punta Cana for Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Summary

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as Hurricane Dorian progresses over the coming days.

If you are currently located in the Bahamas or Florida, now is the time to prepare for the arrival of this potentially dangerous hurricane — which will likely include mandatory evacuations.

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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