Travel Alert September 2019: Tropical Storm Karen Landfall in Puerto Rico

The landfall of Tropical Storm Karen is currently occurring at the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico, as tropical storm warnings are currently in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the United States Virgin Islands, and the British Virgin Islands — and additional airlines have issued travel waivers as a result of this storm.

Travel Alert September 2019: Tropical Storm Karen Landfall in Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Karen

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

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is located approximately 65 miles south of San Juan and is moving north at approximately eight miles per hour — are 45 miles per hour. Tropical Storm Karen is currently a minimal tropical storm; but it has strengthened slightly.

The greatest threats from this storm include heavy precipitation, flooding, strong winds, and rough seas. As much as eight inches of rainfall is possible in some local areas.

A chance exists for Tropical Storm Karen to affect the Bahamas and southeastern United States if it takes a sharp turn towards the west, as it is currently forecast to do.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands 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 seven airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for San Juan, Saint Croix Island and Saint Thomas Island for Sunday, September 22, 2019 through Wednesday, September 25, 2019; and Saturday, September 28, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for San Juan and Saint Thomas for Sunday, September 22, 2019 through Wednesday, September 25, 2019; and Saturday, September 28, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for San Juan for Monday, September 23, 2019 through Wednesday, September 25, 2019; and Saturday, September 28, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for San Juan for Monday, September 23, 2019 through Wednesday, September 25, 2019; and Wednesday, October 9, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for Aguadilla and Ponce for Tuesday, September 24, 2019; and Friday, September 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued a travel alert for San Juan for Monday, September 23, 2019 through Wednesday, September 25, 2019; and Friday, October 11, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Cape Air has issued travel alerts for Puerto Rico, Saint Croix, Saint Thomas and Tortola for Monday, September 23, 2019 through Tuesday, September 24, 2019; and Friday, September 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

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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