Travel Alert September 2018: Tropical Storm Isaac to Impact Eastern Caribbean Islands

If the Lesser Antilles islands in the eastern 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 Tropical Storm Isaac, whose possible landfall could occur on the shores of Dominica or Martinique as early as tomorrow morning, Thursday, September 13, 2018.

Travel Alert September 2018: Tropical Storm Isaac to Impact Eastern Caribbean Islands

Tropical Storm Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac heads west in the Atlantic Ocean towards the Lesser Antilles islands, which are outlined in purple with Venezuela. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is located approximately 345 miles east of Guadeloupe and is moving west at approximately 21 miles per hour towards the islands of Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and Saint Lucia — are 60 miles per hour, with wind gusts of 70 miles per hour; but some of the Leeward Islands and Windward Islands will be affected with rough surf and stronger rip currents.

The good news is that the storm — which was briefly a hurricane — is moving fast; so although rainfall will be heavy, it will not be prolonged. Localized flooding — as well as downed trees and power lines — is possible for some of the aforementioned islands.

Its current path is forecast to eventually curve towards the northwest south of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea. Tropical Storm Isaac is not forecast to once again become a hurricane as of the time this article was written.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the Lesser Antilles islands in the eastern 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 six airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

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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