Travel Alert October 2020: More Airlines Issue Waivers For Hurricane Delta For Louisiana and Eastern Texas Gulf Coast of the United States

Additional airlines have issued travel waivers for the coasts of Louisiana and eastern Texas; so if those areas 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 second landfall is expected to occur somewhere east of the border which Louisiana shares with Texas as soon as later this afternoon, Friday, October 9, 2020 before moving inland.

Travel Alert October 2020: More Airlines Issue Waivers For Hurricane Delta For Louisiana and Eastern Texas Gulf Coast of the United States

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 130 miles south southwest of Cameron in Louisiana and is moving north at 13 miles per hour — are 115 miles per hour, which means that this storm is classified as a minimal but still dangerous Category 3 hurricane. It is not expected to further strengthen — rather, some weakening of the storm is expected — prior to landfall on the southwestern coast of Louisiana, which is forecast to occur as soon as later this afternoon close to where the landfall of Hurricane Laura occurred back in late August of 2020.

A hurricane warning is currently in effect from High Island in Texas to Morgan City in Louisiana.

A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for Texas from west of High Island to Sargent; and east of Morgan City in Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River, which includes the greater metropolitan area of New Orleans — as well as Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

A storm surge warning is currently in effect from High Island in Texas to the mouth of the Pearl River — which includes Calcasieu Lake, Vermilion Bay, and Lake Borgne.

Expect winds of hurricane force in the aforementioned affected areas of Texas and Louisiana — as well as a dangerous storm surge of up to eleven feet, rough surf, and up to 15 inches of rain over the next 36 hours, which may result in significant flash flooding. Isolated tornadoes are not out of the question.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States issued a statement at its official Twitter account if you are sheltering in place for Hurricane Delta.

https://twitter.com/fema/status/1314578597592608769

The surf is already getting rough in Surfside Beach in Texas.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from the coasts of Louisiana and eastern Texas 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 eight 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 eight cities in four states for Thursday, October 8, 2020 through Saturday, October 10, 2020; and Thursday, October 15, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for four cities in Louisiana for Thursday, October 8, 2020 through Saturday, October 10, 2020; and Thursday, October 15, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for eight cities in three states for Thursday, October 8, 2020 through Saturday, October 10, 2020; and Thursday, October 15, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for New Orleans and Houston for Thursday, October 8, 2020 through Saturday, October 10, 2020; and Saturday, 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 New Orleans for Thursday, October 8, 2020 through Saturday, October 10, 2020; and Thursday, October 15, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for New Orleans and Pensacola for Friday, October 9, 2020 through Saturday, October 10, 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 New Orleans for Thursday, October 8, 2020 through Saturday, October 10, 2020; and Thursday, October 15, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Sun Country Airlines has issued a travel alert for New Orleans for Wednesday, October 7, 2020 through Monday, October 12, 2020; and Monday, October 19, 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, 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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