Travel Alert June 2018: Tropical Storm Bud to Affect Western Mexico

If southern portions of the peninsula of Baja California Sur and western Mexico 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 Tropical Storm Bud.

Travel Alert June 2018: Tropical Storm Bud to Affect Western Mexico

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is currently in the Pacific Ocean approximately 250 miles south southeast of Cabo San Lucas and moving north northwest at a speed of three miles per hour — are at 65 miles per hour. Although it had already been a hurricane but has since weakened back to a tropical storm, this system is not expected to strengthen once again to a hurricane.

Despite forecasts for further weakening of this system, landfall — which is expected during the evening on Thursday, June 14, 2018 — will still be as a tropical storm. As a result, a tropical storm warning is currently in effect for southern Baja California Sur from Santa Fe to La Paz, which includes Cabo San Lucas.

In addition to strong gusty winds, disruptions in power, dangerous rip currents, high surf and beach erosion, storm surge, flash flooding and mudslides are possible. Up to five inches of rain is expected in some areas.

This is the same region which was affected by Tropical Storm Lidia in August of 2017 and was significantly impacted by the effects of Hurricane Odile almost four years ago. That hurricane was the strongest tropical system in recorded history to ever directly impact Baja California Sur; and it caused the closure of resort properties in the area due to widespread damage — such as the Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort, The Westin Resort & Spa, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, and Hyatt Place Los Cabos.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in the region of Baja California Sur and western Mexico 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 seven airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Los Cabos for Thursday, June 14, 2018 through Friday, June 15, 2018; and Tuesday, June 19, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Thursday, June 14, 2018 through Friday, June 15, 2018; and Tuesday, June 19, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Los Cabos for Thursday, June 14, 2018 through Friday, June 15, 2018; and Tuesday, June 19, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued a travel alert for Los Cabos for Thursday, June 14, 2018 through Friday, June 15, 2018; and Tuesday, June 19, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued a travel alert for Los Cabos for Thursday, June 14, 2018 through Friday, June 15, 2018; and Saturday, June 23, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • WestJet Airways has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Thursday, June 14, 2018.
  • Aeromexico has issued a travel alerts for San Jose Los Cabos, La Paz, Ciudad Obregon and Hermosillo for Thursday, June 14, 2018 through Friday, June 15, 2018; and Tuesday, June 19, 2018 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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