Travel Alert September 2018: Tropical Storm Gordon to Affect Northern Gulf Coast of the United States

If the northern Gulf Coast of the 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 Tropical Storm Gordon, of which landfall as a hurricane is probable as early as on late Tuesday evening, September 4, 2018 somewhere between New Orleans and Pensacola.

Travel Alert September 2018: Tropical Storm Gordon to Affect Northern Gulf Coast of the United States

Tropical Storm Gordon

Tropical Storm Gordon — shown in the upper left of the image — churns in the Gulf of Mexico off the southwestern coast of Florida as it heads towards the west northwest. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Tropical Storm Gordon — which is currently approximately 95 miles west of Fort Myers and moving west northwest at a speed of 17 miles per hour — have strengthened to 60 miles per hour; and it is expected to develop into a Category 1 hurricane before landfall is forecast at the panhandle of Florida sometime during the day tomorrow, Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Wind gusts are up to 70 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Gordon

Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Expect hurricane warnings to be in effect for the northern Gulf Coast of the United States from the Mississippi River delta in Louisiana east to Pensacola in Florida.

The first official landfall of the storm already occurred over the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula earlier this morning.

Flooding and gusty winds will be the main threat of this storm from Houston to west of Tallahassee to as far north as the southern border of Arkansas — although beach erosion, rough surf, localized flash flooding, strong rip currents, windy conditions, significant rainfall, isolated tornadoes and waterspouts are possible in some areas. Power outages are also possible.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the northern Gulf Coast of the 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 five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for eight airports in four states for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018; and Sunday, September 9, 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 total in total:
    • Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and New Orleans for Monday, September 3, 2018; and Monday, September 17, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • New Orleans and Pensacola for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018; and Wednesday, September 19, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for New Orleans, Jackson and Pensacola for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Thursday, September 6, 2018; and Friday, September 28, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued a travel alert for New Orleans for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018; and Tuesday, September 11, 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 eight airports in four states for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018; and Sunday, September 9, 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 northern Gulf Coast of 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.

4 thoughts on “Travel Alert September 2018: Tropical Storm Gordon to Affect Northern Gulf Coast of the United States”

  1. JB says:

    Phew! Thank goodness I get updates from The Gate for all natural disasters.

    I am headed to Iceland via IAH on Wednesday to attend an annual event for the Icelandic Phallological Society, which is taking place at the museum that Brian was so kind enough to write about earlier this Summer; the review was tantalizing!

    Hope to see you there Brian!

  2. airaholidays says:

    Thank you for giving the update .it really helpful for the tourists who are planning for the tour.

  3. dw says:

    I am cruising from Mobile to Central America on 9/15. Am watching for any problems with that plan. Does it look like there are any big storms brewing that could affect this trip?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      At this time, you have no worries, dw — but Tropical Storm Gordon developed quickly and caught people by surprise; and another storm could always develop that quickly.

      Just keep an eye out on any developments — including here at The Gate — to ensure that you are not suddenly caught up in a storm.

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