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

Travel Alert August 2021: Tropical Depression Ida to Affect Northeastern United States

See which airlines have issued travel waivers for this weather event.

If the northeastern United States is in your travel plans over the next couple of days or so, 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 Depression Ida, whose final landfall occurred as a dangerously strong Category 4 hurricane at approximately 12:55 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, August 29, 2021 near Port Fourchon in Louisiana.

Travel Alert August 2021: Tropical Depression Ida to Affect Northeastern United States

The first landfall of the hurricane already occurred on Friday, August 27, 2021 along the Isle of Youth in Cuba just after the “eye” — or center — of the storm formed, which indicates strengthening; and another landfall occurred over western Cuba shortly after that…

…and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico fueled Hurricane Ida enough to strengthen rapidly to the most powerful Category 4 hurricane possible prior to landfall, as it arguably just missed becoming a Category 5 hurricane, as some reports indicate that maximum sustained winds were as strong as 168 miles per hour. Those reports have yet to be substantiated at the time this article was written.

Now that the storm is a tropical depression and now basically following a similar track as the remnants of Hurricane Fred, copious amounts of precipitation is in order for the northeastern United States — portions of which can experience as much as ten inches of rainfall and cause significant flooding in many areas. Cities which will be affected by Tropical Depression Ida include Philadelphia, Newark, New York, Boston, Hartford, Providence, Harrisburg, Trenton, and New Haven.

In the meantime, people have posted photographs and video of the history of this deadly storm, which resulted in the death of at least one person and electric power outages for thousands of people:

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from the northeastern United States over the next couple of days or so, 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 eight airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • 16 airports in six states for Tuesday, August 31, 2021 through Friday, September 3, 2021; and Tuesday, September 7, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Twelve airports in five states for Sunday, August 29, 2021 through Friday, September 3, 2021; and Tuesday, September 7, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for nine cities in three states for Sunday, August 29, 2021 through Friday, September 3, 2021; and Tuesday, September 7, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Ten airports in five states for Tuesday, August 31, 2021 through Friday, September 3, 2021; and Friday, September 3, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 14 airports in four states for Sunday, August 29, 2021 through Friday, September 3, 2021; and Friday, September 10, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Baltimore, Washington-Dulles, and Washington-National for Wednesday, September 1, 2021; and Wednesday, September 15, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Atlanta and Nashville for Tuesday, August 31, 2021; and Tuesday, September 14, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • New Orleans for Sunday, August 29, 2021 through Sunday, September 5, 2021; and Sunday, September 19, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Jackson for Sunday, August 29, 2021 through Friday, September 3, 2021; and Friday, September 17, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Pensacola for Sunday, August 29, 2021 through Tuesday, August 31, 2021; and Tuesday, September 14, 2021 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 Sunday, August 29, 2021 through Friday, September 3, 2021; and Friday, September 10, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued a travel alert for New Orleans for Friday, August 27, 2021 through Wednesday, September 1, 2021; and Friday, September 8, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued a travel alert for New Orleans for Sunday, August 29, 2021 through Thursday, September 2, 2021; and Wednesday, September 8, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Sun Country Airlines has issued travel alerts for Gulfport and New Orleans for Saturday, August 28, 2021 through Thursday, September 2, 2021; and Thursday, September 9, 2021 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Final Boarding Call

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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