Travel Alert October 2020: Hurricane Delta to Impact Cancún and Cozumel; Gulf Coast of the United States Next

If Cancún, Cozumel, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico are in your travel plans over the next couple of 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 Hurricane Delta, whose first landfall is expected to occur somewhere on the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula as soon as tomorrow morning, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 before moving northward to the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Travel Alert October 2020: Hurricane Delta to Impact Cancún and Cozumel; Gulf Coast of the United States Next

Hurricane Delta

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

Maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Delta — which is currently centered approximately 320 miles east southeast of Cozumel in Mexico and is moving west northwest at 16 miles per hour — are 115 miles per hour, which means that this storm is classified as a Category 3 hurricane; and it is expected to strengthen to a dangerous Category 4 hurricane prior to landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, which is expected to occur early tomorrow morning. The eye of this hurricane can clearly be defined when viewing satellite images of it, which is a sign of a powerful yet organized tropical system.

A hurricane warning is currently in effect in Mexico from Tulum to Dzilam — as well as Cozumel.

A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for the Cayman Islands — which includes the islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac; the province of Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth in Cuba; and from Punta Herrero to Tulum and from Dzilam to Progresso in Mexico.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the province of La Habana in Cuba.

The Yucatan Peninsula will be inundated with winds of hurricane force, a dangerous storm surge of up to nine feet rough surf, and up to ten inches of rain over the next 40 hours, which may result in significant flash flooding. Portions of the Cayman Islands and western Cuba could experience as much as four inches of rainfall, as well as gusty winds of tropical storm force.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from Cancun or the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico over the next couple of 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 seven airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Cancún and Cozumel for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Thursday, October 8, 2020; and Monday, October 12, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Thursday, October 8, 2020; and Monday, October 12, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Wednesday, October 7, 2020; and Sunday, October 11, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Wednesday, October 7, 2020; and Wednesday, October 24, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Wednesday, October 7, 2020; and Saturday, October 10, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Wednesday, October 7, 2020 through Thursday, October 8, 2020; and Thursday, October 22, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Wednesday, October 7, 2020; and Wednesday, October 14, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

The year 2005 was the most active year in recorded history in terms of 27 total named tropical systems, with Tropical Storm Zeta as the last storm of that season. Only three more named storms are needed for the year 2020 to break that record.

I personally believe that the National Weather Service of the United States and other official weather authorities should consider using the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z to name tropical systems — especially with the inclusion of names which are not common in the United States. Quincy, Ursula, Xavier, Yvonne, and Zachary all come immediately to my mind to name storms which usually do not require those letters during a typical season. Only once the entire alphabet has been exhausted should the characters of the Greek alphabet be used…

…but at least Delta Air Lines gets some indirect free publicity out of this hurricane. How often do you see Delta Air Lines issue a travel alert for Hurricane Delta?

As far as I know, the name of a tropical system after a character of the Greek alphabet has never been retired. What happens if a storm is strong enough to warrant the name being retired and it is named after a character of the Greek alphabet?

Anyway, expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as Hurricane Delta progress over the coming days — especially for the Gulf Coast of the United States, which is expected to occur sometime this coming weekend.

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.

2 thoughts on “Travel Alert October 2020: Hurricane Delta to Impact Cancún and Cozumel; Gulf Coast of the United States Next”

  1. Tiffeny says:

    Sooo, what if you have travel plans beginning Oct 19th to Cancun? Any thoughts or recommendations? Trying to decide if we reschedule or move forward with reservations.

    1. Troy says:

      My wife and I are going to Cancun Oct 18th. A little nervous but we ARE going. The Cancun airport is back open and operational. Unless Travelocity and/or American Airlines cancels our trip, we are going. Might see a lot of fallen trees, and visible damage, but as long as the resort has 11 days to do some clean up, I expect they will make sure that tourists are comfortable and welcome to enjoy. Who knows, might have the resort to ourselves. Think about the GREAT room upgrade you’ll get. Good luck, safe travels.

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