Travel Alert September 2019: Hurricane Dorian to Affect New England and Eastern Canada

After Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks of North Carolina experienced a direct landfall of Hurricane Dorian — which was its fifth landfall — earlier this morning, the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine and five provinces in eastern Canada are next to be affected by the tropical system in the form of heavy precipitation, storm surge, localized flooding, and strong gusty winds — so if the aforementioned states in New England and eastern Canada is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel.

Travel Alert September 2019: Hurricane Dorian to Affect New England and Eastern Canada

Hurricane Dorian

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

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is currently centered approximately 275 miles south southwest of Nantucket in Massachusetts and is currently moving northeast at 24 miles per hour — are 90 miles per hour, which means that this storm is currently a strong Category 1 hurricane.

Hurricane Dorian became the strongest hurricane with a landfall on record in the Atlantic basin with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and wind gusts as strong as an unprecedented 225 miles per hour as landfall occurred three times in the northern Bahamas earlier this week, where at least 30 fatalities were reported and greater than 15,000 houses and other structures were severely damaged or destroyed. It is tied for the second strongest hurricane of all time in recorded history in the Atlantic basin.

One fatality in North Carolina has been linked to Hurricane Dorian.

A sixth landfall of this hurricane is forecast in Nova Scotia during the evening on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Up to five inches of rain is possible between Maine and Newfoundland and Labrador; while all beaches in the city of New York will be closed on Friday and Saturday due to predicted swells of up to ten feet — as well as strong rip currents.

Current Watches and Warnings

A hurricane warning has been posted along Eastern Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Avonport; while a hurricane watch has been posted for southwestern Nova Scotia from Avonport to Hubbards, Prince Edward Island, the Magdalen Islands, and southwestern Newfoundland from Parson’s Pond to Indian Harbour.

A tropical storm warning has been posted from Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach in Massachusetts, as well as Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard; east of Bar Harbor to Eastport in Maine; and Prince Edward Island and southwestern Nova Scotia from Avonport to Hubbards.

A tropical storm watch has been posted for portions of eastern Canada — including Fundy National Park to Shediac; Parson’s Pond to Triton; and Indian Harbour to Stone’s Cove.

A storm surge warning has been issued for Blanc Sablon, Chevery and Anticosti Island; as well as the Magdalen Islands in southeastern Canada.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the aforementioned states in New England and eastern Canada 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 14 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
    • Halifax for Saturday, September 7, 2019 through Sunday, September 8, 2019; and Sunday, September 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Freeport for Friday, August 30, 2019 through Saturday, September 21, 2019; and Saturday, October 5, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Newport News and Norfolk for Friday, September 6, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Sunday, September 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Ten airports in three states for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Sunday, September 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 13 airports in Florida for Thursday, August 29, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Saturday, September 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • George Town, Marsh Harbour, Nassau and Providenciales for Friday, August 30, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Saturday, September 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Newport News and Norfolk for Friday, September 6, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Sunday, September 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Nine airports in three states for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Sunday, September 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Brunswick and Valdosta in Georgia and 13 airports in Florida for Friday, August 30, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Friday, September 13, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Seven airports in five countries and territories for Monday, August 26, 2019 through Thursday, August 29, 2019; and Thursday, September 5, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Georgetown and Nassau for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Saturday, September 21, 2019; and Saturday, October 5, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Marsh Harbour for Sunday, September 22, 2019 through Sunday, December 15, 2019; and Saturday, December 21, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Halifax and Nantucket for Friday, September 6, 2019 through Sunday, September 8, 2019; and Sunday, September 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Nassau and nine airports in Florida for Thursday, August 29, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Friday, September 13, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Charleston, Hilton Head Island, Myrtle Beach, Norfolk, Savannah and Wilmington for Thursday, September 5, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Saturday, September 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued travel alerts for Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa and Charleston for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019; and Wednesday, September 11, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Jacksonville and Orlando for Saturday, August 31, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Friday, September 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Charleston for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Saturday, September 21, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Norfolk and Raleigh-Durham for Wednesday, September 4, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Saturday, September 21, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for:
    • Nassau for Friday, August 30, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Saturday, September 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Charleston and Savannah for Monday, September 2, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Sunday, September 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for Charleston and Myrtle Beach for Wednesday, September 4, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Friday, September 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airways has issued travel alerts for:
    • Myrtle Beach for Monday, September 2, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Wednesday, September 18, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Jacksonville and Orlando for Saturday, August 31, 2019 through Thursday, September 5, 2019; and Wednesday, September 18, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Fort Lauderdale and Tampa for Saturday, August 31, 2019 through Tuesday, September 3, 2019; and Wednesday, September 18, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Six airports in three countries and territories for Tuesday, August 27, 2019 through Friday, August 30, 2019; and Thursday, September 5, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Allegiant Air has issued travel alerts for Charleston, Jacksonville, Myrtle Beach and Savannah for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Thursday, September 5, 2019.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Newport News and Norfolk for Friday, September 6, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Sunday, September 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Ten airports in three states for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Sunday, September 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Georgetown, Marsh Harbour and Nassau for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Saturday, September 21, 2019; and Saturday, October 5, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for:
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for the east coast of Canada for Saturday, September 7, 2019 through Sunday, September 8, 2019.
  • Porter Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
  • BahamasAir has advised that normal flight operations have not yet resumed for Marsh Harbour, Freeport, North Eleuthera and West Palm Beach at this time.

Summary

Due to the catastrophic devastation which Hurricane Dorian inflicted upon the northern Bahamas, expect additional airlines to extend their travel waivers to areas such as Georgetown, Marsh Harbour and even Nassau, as reconstruction and restoration will likely take months to complete.

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 2019: Hurricane Dorian to Affect New England and Eastern Canada”

  1. SadStateOfOurNation says:

    Although we all know the real danger with Dorian is still alabama…

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