Travel Alert September 2017: Hurricane José to Impact Northeast Caribbean Islands

If the islands in the northeastern Caribbean Sea are 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 Impact Northeast Caribbean Islands

Hurricane José

Hurricane José is in the Atlantic Ocean and heading towards the northern Leewards Islands, which 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 535 miles east southeast of the northern Leeward Islands and moving west at 16 miles per hour — are at 125 miles per hour, which means that it is currently classified as a major Category 3 hurricane.

This storm is forecast to possibly strengthen slightly before reaching the northern Leeward Islands, which have not had a chance to recover from the punishing beating they just received from Hurricane Irma. Approximately 90 percent of the structures of Barbuda are reportedly either damaged or completely demolished — leaving many people homeless.

Fortunately for the remainder of the islands of the Caribbean Sea, Hurricane José is currently forecast to turn northwest and head out to sea prior to reaching Puerto Rico — but Puerto Rico may still feel some of the effects of the storm.

Effects from Hurricane José include beach erosion, rough surf, strong rip currents, windy conditions, coastal flooding due to a storm surge, and significant rainfall of up to 10 inches in isolated areas. Power outages and localized flooding is possible.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Sint Maarten and Saint Martin. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla; and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Montserrat, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Saba and Saint Eustatius.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from any of the islands in the northeastern Caribbean Sea 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 two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:


Expect more travel alerts from other airlines to be added within the next couple of days.

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.

10 thoughts on “Travel Alert September 2017: Hurricane José to Impact Northeast Caribbean Islands”

  1. Min says:

    This is so helpful, thank you!

    My honeymoon is coming up from sep 30 to oct 4 in San Juan. Do you recommend canceling it sooner than later?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You should be fine with your honeymoon in San Juan by then, Min.

      Although Hurricane Irma did not directly hit San Juan, the city was impacted on a limited basis; and Hurricane José is expected to be heading northwest away from San Juan.

      I suggest you wait until at least Monday, September 11 before deciding on what to do, as Hurricane José should have passed by then. Contact your airline and hotel or resort properties at which you plan to stay to find out more information.

      Congratulations on your marriage; and many you and your lifelong partner enjoy a safe and fun honeymoon!

  2. Kellyn Lopez says:

    I’m supposed to fly to Puerto Rico on 9/13 or 9/14. Would u recommend cancelling or should flying be ok? I will be traveling with two children who have never flown before and I’m concerned about possible severe turbulence due hurricane Jose

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Hurricane José thankfully started to veer northwest prior to reaching the Leeward Islands, Kellyn Lopez.

      The flight itself should be on time, as Hurricane José should have minimal impact at best on Puerto Rico. Rough surf and rip tides may be a factor — as well as any residual flooding and damage to weaker structures from Hurricane Irma. Contact the hotel or resort property at which you plan on staying for any details or updates.

      Pilots do their best to avoid turbulence by keeping in constant contact with each other and with air traffic controllers; so I do not believe that should be a concern for you and your children.

      Enjoy your trip!

  3. lea meir says:

    Hi I have a flight next Sunday to the Dominican Republic to celebrate my 60th birthday , I don’t know if I need to cancel my vacation because of Huracan Jose, we supposed to stay there one week until 24 September.
    What you will command me to do thanks for your device.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You should not need to cancel your vacation because of Hurricane José, lea meir.

      Enjoy your vacation — and happy birthday!

  4. DJ says:

    Can anyone tell me how bad St. Lucia was impacted, by Irma. Will be going mid Oct.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Saint Lucia is currently under a tropical storm warning because of Tropical Storm Maria, which is expected to strengthen to a hurricane sometime later today, Sunday, September 17, 2017, DJ.

      I suggest that you wait until the storm passes to find out what damage — if any — occurs there before reaching a decision as to whether or not to travel there.

  5. Monica says:


    My sister is travelling from London to Vancouver on 19th Sept & I guess the flight route would be over Atlantic Ocean. Given the onset of Jose near NY , would it be considered dangerous to fly over the Atlantic Ocean during this time?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      The flight route from London to Vancouver will most likely be over the southernmost tip of Greenland; and — believe it or not — the flight will be over land more than over the ocean and nowhere near the hurricane.

      Your sister should have no problems with her flight, Monica. May she travel safely and enjoy her trip.

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