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Travel Alert August 2022: Severe Weather Affects Texas

Lightning, that is. Texas toast.

If the state of Texas 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 the latest weather system which has been bringing strong thunderstorms to the affected areas.

Travel Alert August 2022: Severe Weather Affects Texas

Several inches of torrential rain is expected to fall in some local areas — as well as gusty winds up to 70 miles per hour and frequent bursts of intense lightning — when all is said and done due to a cold front pushing against humid air so hot that cities such as Dallas experienced temperatures at a minimum of 100 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 47 days this summer. Strong thunderstorms — which are forecast through today, Friday, August 19, 2022 — are the result in Texas.

This storm system could result in flash flooding, rising rivers, hail, and possible isolated tornadoes.

The good news is that areas of Texas and Oklahoma which have been parched due to prolonged drought conditions are expected to benefit from the significant precipitation; and once the aforementioned cold front passes through and the storms clear out and head east, drier and cooler air will prevail.

Travel will definitely be disrupted with either delays or cancellations of flights.

Expect highways and roadways to be temporarily difficult to navigate in some of the affected areas.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within Texas 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 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.

Two airlines have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for three airports in Dallas and Houston for Thursday, August 18, 2022 through Friday, August 19, 2022; and Wednesday, August 24, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Houston for Thursday, August 18, 2022 through Friday, August 19, 2022; and Sunday, August 21, 2022 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.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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