Travel Alert September 2018: Hurricane Florence to Affect the Eastern United States

If the eastern United States is in your travel plans over the next week or so, 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 Florence, of which landfall of this powerful Category 4 hurricane could possible occur on the cost of North Carolina or South Carolina as early as late Thursday, September 13, 2018.

Travel Alert September 2018: Hurricane Florence to Affect the Eastern United States

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence heads west northwest in the Atlantic Ocean towards the United States. 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 centered approximately 525 miles south southeast of Bermuda and is moving west northwest at approximately 13 miles per hour — are 140 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 165 miles per hour. Strengthening to a Category 5 hurricane prior to landfall is not out of the question, as Hurricane Florence is a classic symmetrical storm with a well-defined eye.

Hurricane Florence is expected to maintain its strength as a Category 4 hurricane as it approaches the east coast of the United States. More accurate information pertaining to the results of the impact of this dangerous storm — and, more precisely, where — will emerge within the next 48 hours, as forecasts are too early to be accurate at the time this article was written.

Meanwhile, evacuations were already ordered for all eight counties along the coast of South Carolina and some counties in North Carolina in anticipation of landfall of the storm, as historic levels of precipitation are possible. States of emergency have already been declared in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Additionally, the east coast of the United States — from central Florida to Cape Cod in Massachusetts — will feel the effects of this storm in the form of strong rip currents, beach erosion, dangerous surf, and gusty winds.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the eastern United States over the next week or so, 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 nine 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 23 airports in four states for Monday, September 10, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018; and Wednesday, September 19, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 12 airports in four states for Thursday, September 13, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018; and Thursday, September 20, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 16 airports in four airports for Monday, September 10, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018; and Thursday, September 20, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued travel alerts for Charleston and Raleigh-Durham for Monday, September 10, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018; and Monday, October 1, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for nine airports in four states for Monday, September 10, 2018 through Monday, September 17, 2018; and Monday, October 1, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for five airports in four states for Thursday, September 13, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018; and Thursday, September 20, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for seven airports in four states for Monday, September 10, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for four airports in three states for Wednesday, September 12, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018; and Thursday, September 20, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for ten airports in four states for Thursday, September 13, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018; and Thursday, September 20, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as the storm closes in on the United States.

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 2018: Hurricane Florence to Affect the Eastern United States”

  1. Leigh Cote says:

    12 September, 2018, “WE” expect that anything not tied down will fly like a “KITE” during this “WICKED STORM” approaching United States “NorthenrEastern Coast this weekend?? Everyone pay close attention how this Hurricane moves this weekend??

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I plan on writing an updated article later today, Leigh Cote.

      Please stay safe; and I hope that you do not suffer from any damage as a result of this hurricane.

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