Travel Alert September 2019: Tropical Storm Karen to Affect Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

If Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands 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 Karen, of which landfall is predicted to occur in southern Puerto Rico sometime on Tuesday afternoon, September 24, 2019; and the storm is not expected to either weaken or intensify by then.

Travel Alert September 2019: Tropical Storm Karen to Affect Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

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 105 miles northwest of Grenada and is moving west northwest at approximately 13 miles per hour — are 40 miles per hour. Tropical Storm Karen is currently a minimal tropical storm.

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

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Grenada and its dependencies; while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the British Virgin Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands.

A slight chance exists for Tropical Storm Karen to affect the Bahamas and southeastern United States if it takes a turn for the west or northwest.

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 two airlines which have issued travel alerts 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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