Travel Alert October 2019: Storm Affecting Southeastern United States

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 a storm which is currently affecting the southeastern United States over the next couple of days.

Travel Alert October 2019: Storm Affecting Southeastern United States

Tropical Depression Nestor

Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is located approximately 230 miles south southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and is moving northeast at approximately 22 miles per hour — are 60 miles per hour.

Even though the maximum sustained winds of this weather system are currently at 60 miles per hour and qualify as tropical storm strength, it has not yet been named Nestor because it does not meet all of the characteristics of a tropical storm at the time this article was written. Despite unusually warm water in the Gulf of Mexico which would normally fuel a tropical weather system, this storm is not forecast to strengthen and become a hurricane at this time due to wind shear and other weather conditions which are not conducive to the development of a tropical weather system.

A tropical storm warning has been issued from the border shared by the states of Mississippi and Alabama to Yankeetown in Florida; and from Grand Isle in Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River.

A storm surge warning has also been issued along the gulf coast of Florida from Indian Pass to Clearwater Beach.

The greatest threats from this storm include heavy precipitation, flooding, strong winds, rough seas, possible tornadoes, and high tide which could reach five feet in the aforementioned areas along the gulf coast of Florida.

As much as six inches of rainfall is possible in some local areas — but the good news is that many areas of the southeastern United States are experiencing drought conditions; so this tropical system should help alleviate some of the drought.

Although Jacksonville, Myrtle Beach, Valdosta, Wilmington, Pensacola, Charleston, Savannah and Tallahassee will be impacted the most from this storm, cities such as Atlanta, Raleigh, Biloxi, Greenville, Tampa, New Orleans, Norfolk, Mobile, Columbia, Macon, Gulfport, Durham and Spartanburg will also be affected.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the southeastern United States is in your travel plans over the next couple of days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this weather system which may 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 the affected areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

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

Summary

Additional airlines may issue travel waivers as a result of this weather system as it develops.

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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