Travel Alert August 2020: Tropical Storm Isaias Affects East Coast of the United States

If the east coast of the United States is in your travel plans over the next couple of 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 Isaias.

Travel Alert August 2020: Tropical Storm Isaias Affects East Coast of the United States

Tropical Storm Isaias

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 70 miles southwest of Philadelphia and is moving north northeast at 35 miles per hour — are 70 miles per hour, which means that this storm is almost a minimal Category 1 hurricane; but it should weaken rapidly, as landfall already occurred on the coast of North Carolina last night…

…but the areas which will be impacted 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.

Tropical Storm Isaias is not expected to return to open water again as it tracks along the east coast of the United States and eventually weakens to a tropical depression later this week as it moves over the province of Québec in Canada.

Tropical storm warnings extend from northeastern North Carolina to the border between northern Maine and western New Brunswick, which include cities such as Baltimore, Raleigh, Richmond, Norfolk, the District of Columbia, Virginia Beach, Wilmington, Dover, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Newark, New York, Hartford, New Haven, Providence, Worcester, Boston, Manchester, and Portland.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from the east coast of the United States over the next couple of 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 four 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 20 cities in eight states for Monday, August 3, 2020 through Wednesday, August 5, 2020; and Saturday, August 8, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 13 cities in six states for Tuesday, August 4, 2020 through Wednesday, August 5, 2020; and Saturday, August 8, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 16 cities in ten states for Tuesday, August 4, 2020 through Wednesday, August 5, 2020; and Saturday, August 8, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Four cities in three states for Monday, August 3, 2020 through Tuesday, August 4, 2020; and Tuesday, August 18, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Seven cities in five states for Tuesday, August 4, 2020 through Wednesday, August 5, 2020; and Wednesday, August 19, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for four cities in four states for Tuesday, August 4, 2020; and Friday, August 7, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

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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