Travel Alert September 2017: Hurricane José to Affect Northeastern United States

Remember Hurricane José? Ten days ago, travel alerts were issued by at least two airlines that the islands of the northeastern Caribbean Sea — which had already been devastated by Hurricane Irma just days earlier — could be impacted by what was then a powerful major Category 3 hurricane; but the storm jogged towards the northwest out into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean and spared the islands for the most part.

This storm then meandered around the Atlantic Ocean for the next ten days, taking a strange looping path before finally heading north — towards the northeastern coast of the United States.

If the northeastern United States is 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 the effects from Hurricane José.

Travel Alert September 2017: Hurricane José to Affect Northeastern United States

Hurricane José

Hurricane José is in the Atlantic Ocean and heading north towards the northeastern United States. Eastern portions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia are outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

The maximum sustained winds of Hurricane José — which is currently in the Atlantic Ocean 265 miles east southeast of Cape Hatteras and moving north at nine miles per hour — are at 75 miles per hour, which means that it is currently classified as a minimal Category 1 hurricane.

This storm is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm before it nears eastern Long Island and the southeastern coast of the states of New England; and then it is expected to turn east towards the cooler open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Although landfall of this storm in the United States is unlikely, effects from Hurricane José along coastal areas of the northeastern United States may include beach erosion, rough surf, strong rip currents, gusty winds, flooding in local areas along the immediate coast, a higher tide, and significant rainfall of up to five inches in isolated areas.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the entire southern coast of Rhode Island and the southeastern coast of Massachusetts; while the coast of the northeastern United States — from the border of Maryland and Delaware to the border of Connecticut and Rhode Island — are under a tropical storm watch. Cities which are expected to experience at least some of the effects of Hurricane José include Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Ocean City, Dover, Atlantic City, Newark, New York, New Haven, Newport, Providence, Boston, Cape Cod and Portsmouth.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from the northeastern United States 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. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

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

  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for nine airports in six states for Tuesday, September 19, 2017; and Friday, September 22, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 11 airports in six states for Monday, September 18, 2017 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017; and Saturday, September 23, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel advisory for the northeastern United States for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Thursday, September 21, 2017; but no actual travel alerts, fee waivers, or information pertaining to specific locations has been given at this time.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for nine airports in six states for Tuesday, September 19, 2017; and Friday, September 22, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

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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