Travel Alert October 2019: Storm to Affect Northeastern 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 will affect the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada over the next couple of days.

Travel Alert October 2019: Storm to Affect Northeastern United States

A low pressure system — which is currently moving northeastward over land towards the DelMarVa peninsula before moving off the coast and out over the open water — is forecast to strengthen in intensity and create a counterclockwise flow of strong winds coming out of the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, causing strong wind gusts, torrential rainfall, coastal flooding, strong pounding surf, rough seas, and beach erosion.

Up to four inches of rain — as well as electric power outages, fallen trees and leaves — may result in some local areas.

This storm is expected to affect an area from Nova Scotia southward to Virginia — including cities such as Montréal, Albany, Harrisburg, Hartford, Baltimore, Atlantic City, Worcester, Syracuse, Philadelphia, Burlington, and the District of Columbia. Coastal cities — such as Halifax, Bangor, Cape Cod, Providence, Islip, Portland, New Haven, Portsmouth, Boston, Newport, Riverhead, Bridgeport and New York — are forecast to be impacted the most.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada are 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 five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for eleven airports in seven states for Tuesday, October 15, 2019 through Thursday, October 17, 2019; and Sunday, October 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for nine airports in six states for Thursday, October 17, 2019; and Sunday, October 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for eight airports in six states for Wednesday, October 16, 2019 through Thursday, October 17, 2019; and Sunday, October 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for eight airports in five states for Wednesday, October 16, 2019 through Thursday, October 17, 2019; and Sunday, October 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for nine airports in six states for Thursday, October 17, 2019; and Sunday, October 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

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.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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