Travel Alert September 2017: Hurricane Katia to Impact Eastern and Central Mexico

If eastern and central Mexico 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 Katia.

Travel Alert September 2017: Hurricane Katia to Impact Eastern and Central Mexico

Hurricane Katia

Hurricane Katia churns in the Gulf of Mexico off of the eastern coast of Mexico, which is outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Katia — which is currently sitting stationary in the Bay of Campeche of the Gulf of Mexico 215 miles east of Tampico due to no steering currents in the upper atmosphere to move it — are at 80 miles per hour, which means that it is currently classified as a Category 1 hurricane.

This storm is forecast to strengthen to a strong Category 2 hurricane before moving southwest towards the coast — and Mexico City is in the center of its projected path; although it is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time the storm possibly arrives on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Effects from Hurricane Katia include beach erosion, rough surf, strong rip currents, windy conditions, coastal flooding due to a storm surge of up to seven feet, and significant rainfall of up to 25 inches in isolated areas. Mudslides may be possible in the mountains of central Mexico. Power outages and localized flooding is possible.

Hurricane warnings are in currently effect from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde; and tropical storm warnings are in effect from north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from anywhere in eastern or central Mexico 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 three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Mexico City and Puebla for Friday, September 8, 2017 through Saturday, September 9, 2017; and Monday, September 11, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Mexico City, Puebla, Tampico and Veracruz for Friday, September 8, 2017 through Saturday, September 9, 2017; and Tuesday, September 12, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for Thursday, September 7, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017; and Thursday, September 21, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin

Summary

Expect more travel alerts from other airlines — especially those which serve Mexico City — 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.

2 thoughts on “Travel Alert September 2017: Hurricane Katia to Impact Eastern and Central Mexico”

  1. Robbo says:

    Excuse my ignorance Brian, I am currently in Mexico City and plan on heading to Veracruz for 4 days on Sunday. Is Veracruz in the area you are covering in your story?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Yes, Robbo — Veracruz is at the southern edge of the impact area and is currently under a tropical storm warning.

      That does not necessarily mean that conditions will definitely deteriorate significantly — but the possibility is likely.

      You are not being ignorant. In fact, I appreciate that you are double-checking, as I want you to stay safe while you are traveling.

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