Travel Alert August 2019: Tropical Storm Dorian to Impact Eastern Caribbean

If the eastern Caribbean 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 — due to Tropical Storm Dorian, of which landfall of what is forecast to be a tropical storm could possible occur in the Lesser Antilles as early as later tonight, Monday, August 26, 2019.

Travel Alert August 2019: Tropical Storm Dorian to Impact Eastern Caribbean

Tropical Storm 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 60 miles southeast of Barbados and is moving west northwest at approximately 14 miles per hour — are 60 miles per hour, which means that this storm is a strong tropical storm. Strengthening to a Category 1 hurricane prior to landfall is not out of the question but is probable after Tropical Storm Dorian passes the Lesser Antilles.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Barbados, Martinique, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; while a tropical storm watch has been issued for Dominica, Grenada, Saba and Saint Eustatius, and Puerto Rico. A hurricane watch has been issued for Saint Lucia in the Windward Islands.

As much as five inches of rain could fall in local areas within the path of this storm — especially in Barbados.

The storm may reach South Florida as soon as Saturday evening, August 31, 2019; but it is forecast to be a tropical storm by then.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the eastern Caribbean 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 seven airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

Summary

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines for more areas of the Caribbean as this tropical system progresses over the coming 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.

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