Travel Alert July 2019: Tropical Storm Barry to Impact the Gulf Coast of the United States

If the Gulf Coast of the United States 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 Barry, of which landfall of what is forecast to be a Category 1 hurricane could possible occur on the coast of Louisiana as early as Saturday afternoon, July 13, 2019.

Travel Alert July 2019: Tropical Storm Barry to Impact the Gulf Coast of the United States

Tropical Storm Barry

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 170 miles east southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and is moving west southwest at approximately eight miles per hour — are 30 miles per hour, which means that this storm is still a potential tropical cyclone and not yet a tropical storm. Strengthening to a Category 1 hurricane prior to landfall is not out of the question, as what could be Hurricane Barry is forming over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on its way to the mainland United States.

A Storm Surge Watch has been issued from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City in Louisiana; while a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Morgan City.

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A state of emergency has already been declared for Louisiana by Jon Bel Edwards, who is the governor of the state. Parts of the city of New Orleans are already experiencing flooding as a result of this forming tropical system.

Additionally, the gulf coast of the United States — from the western panhandle of Florida to eastern Texas — will feel the effects of this storm in the form of torrential precipitation, gusty winds, strong rip currents, beach erosion, dangerous surf and possible isolated tornadoes. Localized flooding is expected as far north as southern Missouri; and tropical downpours of heavy rain can occur as far south and east as Everglades City in Florida.

As much as 24 inches of rain could fall in local areas within the path of this storm — especially in southern Louisiana, which includes New Orleans.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the Gulf Coast of the United States 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 two airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Panama City and Pensacola for Tuesday, July 9, 2019 through Saturday, July 13, 2019; and Saturday, July 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • New Orleans for Tuesday, July 9, 2019 through Sunday, July 14, 2019; and Sunday, July 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Corpus Christi and Houston for Wednesday, July 10, 2019 through Sunday, July 14, 2019; and Sunday, July 27, 2019 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 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 through Saturday, July 13, 2019; and Saturday, July 20, 2019 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 for more areas of the United States as the storm strengthens as it simultaneously closes in on its Gulf Coast.

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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