Possible Tropical Storm Bonnie
Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Travel Alert June 2022: Potential Tropical Cyclone to Affect Aruba and Other Southern Caribbean Islands

If Aruba and the southern Caribbean islands 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 what could become Tropical Storm Bonnie, whose landfall will likely occur somewhere on both of the northernmost peninsulas of Venezuela as soon as during this evening, Wednesday, June 29, 2022 into tomorrow before moving west towards the open waters of the Caribbean Sea towards Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica.

Travel Alert June 2022: Potential Tropical Cyclone to Affect Aruba and Other Southern Caribbean Islands

Possible Tropical Storm Bonnie
Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this tropical storm system — which is currently centered approximately 50 miles south of Curaçao and is moving west at 21 miles per hour — are 40 miles per hour.

What is unusual about this tropical system is that it is passing to the south of Aruba and will continue to head west. Aruba and surrounding islands and areas are rarely affected by tropical cyclones.

This potential tropical cyclone will be named Bonnie if it becomes officially classified as a tropical storm; but it is not expected to become a hurricane — even though that possibility is still not out of the question — and if this tropical storm system becomes a hurricane, it will be minimal and brief.

Up to ten inches of rain could fall in portions of southern Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica.

Official Warnings and Watches

The following official warning was issued by the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States:

  • A hurricane watch is currently in effect from the border which Nicaragua and Costa Rica share to Laguna de Perlas in Nicaragua
  • A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for:
    • Bonaire
    • Curacao
    • Aruba
    • Coast of Venezuela from the Peninsula de Paraguana westward to the border which Colombia and Venezuela share — including the Gulf of Venezuela
    • Coast of Colombia from the border which Colombia and Venezuela share westward to Santa Marta.
  • A tropical storm watch is currently in effect for:
    • Limon Costa Rica northward to the border which Nicaragua and Costa Rica share
    • North of Laguna de Perlas to Sandy Bay Sirpi Nicaragua

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within the southern Caribbean 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.

Here are two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for six airports in six countries and territories for Thursday, June 30, 2022 through Monday, July 4, 2022; and Friday, July 8, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for Aruba for Wednesday, June 29, 2022 through Thursday, June 30, 2022; and Thursday, July 13, 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.

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

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