Travel Alert September 2017: Tropical Storm Norma to Affect Western Mexico

If southern portions of the peninsula of Baja California Sur and western Mexico 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 Tropical Storm Norma.

Travel Alert September 2017: Tropical Storm Norma to Affect Western Mexico

Hurricane Norma

Tropical Storm Norma heads towards the coastline of the state of Baja California Sur, which is outlined with purple lines. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is currently in the Pacific Ocean 85 miles east of Socorro Island and moving north northwest at a speed of two miles per hour — are at 65 miles per hour. This system is expected to strengthen to a minimal hurricane as soon as later tonight.

In addition to strong gusty winds, disruptions in power, dangerous rip currents, high surf and beach erosion, a dangerous storm surge, flash flooding and significant mudslides are possible. Up to eight inches of rain is expected in some areas.

Airports which are expected to experience interruptions and delays in operations include — but are not limited to — those in Cabo San Lucas, Loreto, and La Paz.

This is the same region which was affected by Tropical Storm Lidia last month and was significantly impacted by the effects of Hurricane Odile almost three years ago. That hurricane was the strongest tropical system in recorded history to ever directly impact Baja California Sur; and it caused the closure of resort properties in the area due to widespread damage — such as the Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort, The Westin Resort & Spa, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, and Hyatt Place Los Cabos.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in the region of Baja California Sur and western Mexico over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter 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 seven airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Saturday, September 16, 2017 through Monday, September 18, 2017; and Friday, September 22, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Saturday, September 16, 2017 through Monday, September 18, 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 a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Saturday, September 16, 2017 through Monday, September 18, 2017; and Friday, September 22, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued travel alerts for Cabo San Lucas and Loreto for Saturday, September 16, 2017 through Monday, September 18, 2017; and Friday, September 22, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Saturday, September 16, 2017 through Monday, September 18, 2017; and Thursday, September 21, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin
  • WestJet Airways has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Saturday, September 16, 2017 through Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
  • Aeromexico has issued a travel alert for Acapulco, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and Oaxaca for Thursday, September 14, 2017 through Saturday, September 16, 2017; and Tuesday, October 31, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin. This travel alert is actually for Hurricane Max and not for Hurricane Norma, of which no travel alert has been issued by Aeromexico at this time.

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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