Travel Alert August 2020: Hurricane Marco to Impact Louisiana and Texas

If Louisiana or Texas 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 Hurricane Marco, whose landfall is forecast for southeastern Louisiana as soon as tomorrow evening, Monday August 24, 2020.

Travel Alert August 2020: Hurricane Marco to Impact Louisiana and Texas

Hurricane Marco

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

Maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Marco — which is currently centered fewer than 250 miles south of the coast of Louisiana and is moving north northwest at 13 miles per hour — are 75 miles per hour, which means that this storm is classified as a minimal Category 1 hurricane; and it is not expected to become stronger than a Category 1 hurricane prior to landfall on the coast of Louisiana as soon as tomorrow.

A hurricane warning is currently in effect from Morgan City in Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River in Mississippi, where hurricane conditions are possible by as early as tomorrow afternoon; while tropical storm warnings are in effect for the mouth of the Pearl River to the border shared by Mississippi and Alabama — as well as Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, metropolitan New Orleans, and Cameron to west of Morgan City.

A hurricane watch is currently in effect from Intracoastal City to west of Morgan City — as well as Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and metropolitan New Orleans.

A tropical storm watch is currently in effect from the border shared by Mississippi and Alabama to the border shared by Florida and Alabama.

A storm surge warning has also been issued from Morgan City in Louisiana to Ocean Springs in Mississippi — as well as Lake Borgne — which means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving into the coastline; while a storm surge watch is in effect for Sabine Pass to Morgan City in Louisiana; Ocean Springs in Mississippi to the border shared by Mississippi and Alabama; as well as both Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

Sharon Weston Broome — who is the current mayor of Baton Rouge — posted this message at her official Twitter account:

Today, I signed a parish-wide Emergency Disaster Declaration ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura.

This declaration allows our parish to request additional assistance from state or federal partners if local resources become overwhelmed.

The areas which will be impacted by Hurricane Marco may likely experience flash flooding from up to ten inches of heavy rain, locally damaging winds with gusts up to as strong as 80 miles per hour at times, rough surf, a storm surge of up to six feet, and electric power outages. Tornadoes are possible as well.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from Louisiana or Texas 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.

Here are five 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 six cities in three states for Sunday, August 23, 2020 through Tuesday, August 25, 2020; and Friday, August 28, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for five cities in three states for Sunday, August 23, 2020 through Monday, August 24, 2020; and Thursday, August 27, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for six cities in two states for Monday, August 24, 2020 through Tuesday, August 25, 2020; and Friday, August 28, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for New Orleans for Monday, August 24, 2020; and Monday, September 7, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for New Orleans for Monday, August 24, 2020 through Tuesday, August 25, 2020; and Saturday, August 29, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as Hurricane Marco progress 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.

3 thoughts on “Travel Alert August 2020: Hurricane Marco to Impact Louisiana and Texas”

  1. Dino Githens says:

    I’m supposed to fly out of New Orleans Tuesday @ 3:00 p.m. to Chicago then to Louisville…Is my Flight still taking off?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I apologize for not responding sooner, Dino Githens, as I have been keeping track of both Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura.

      The airport is currently in operation; but many flights are delayed.

      As I type this response to you, your flight to Chicago is showing to depart on time at 3:00 in the afternoon — but do not be surprised if it is delayed.

      https://www.flymsy.com/flight-status/?type=D

      Please travel safely, Dino Githens.

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