Travel Alert September 2020: Hurricane Paulette Impacts Bermuda

If Bermuda is in your travel plans over the next couple of 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 Hurricane Paulette, whose landfall occurred on the island of Bermuda earlier this morning, Monday, September 14, 2020.

Travel Alert September 2020: Hurricane Paulette Impacts Bermuda

Hurricane Paulette

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

Maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Paulette — which is currently centered approximately 40 miles north of Bermuda and is moving north northwest at 12 miles per hour — are 95 miles per hour, which means that this storm is classified as a minimal Category 2 hurricane; and it is expected to strengthen to a possible Category 3 hurricane as it heads northeast over the open waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, which should affect only the shipping lanes.

A hurricane warning is still in effect for the entire island of Bermuda, which experience flash flooding from up to six inches of heavy rain, locally damaging winds with gusts up to as strong as 110 miles per hour at times, life-threatening rough surf, strong rip currents, a dangerous storm surge, and electric power outages. Tornadoes are still possible as well. Full damage reports are still not in at the time this article was written.

Hurricane Paulette is the first hurricane with a direct landfall on Bermuda since 2014.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from Bermuda over the next couple of 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.

Here are two airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Bermuda for Sunday, September 13, 2020 through Wednesday, September 16, 2020; and Sunday, September 20, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for Bermuda for Monday, September 14, 2020 through Tuesday, September 15, 2020; and Sunday, September 20, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Even though Bermuda is also served by Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines, and Westjet Airways, none of those airlines have officially issued travel alerts — but all flights have been canceled until further notice.

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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