Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Travel Alert September 2022: Hurricane Fiona To Affect Bermuda and Eastern Canada

Fiona continues her rampage.

If Bermuda and eastern Canada 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 Hurricane Fiona, with which three landfalls have already occurred.

Travel Alert September 2022: Hurricane Fiona To Affect Bermuda and Eastern Canada

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

Maximum sustained winds of this tropical storm system — which is currently centered approximately 605 miles southwest of Bermuda and is moving north at nine miles per hour — are 130 miles per hour, which means that it is classified as a Category 4 hurricane and is the first major hurricane of the season in the Atlantic Basin with a clearly well-defined eye.

Landfalls of Hurricane Fiona occurred:

  • In Guadeloupe as a strong tropical storm on the evening of Friday, September 16, 2022
  • Along the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico near Punta Tocon between the municipalities of Lajas and Cabo Rojo as a Category 1 hurricane on the afternoon of Sunday, September 18, 2022
  • In the Dominican Republic near Boca de Yuma as a strong Category 1 hurricane early in the morning of Monday, September 19, 2022

At least six deaths have already been attributed to Hurricane Fiona.

The entire island of Puerto Rico was without electric power — many people at the time this article was written are still without electric power — as some local areas received greater than 30 inches of rain, which resulted in mudslides, landslides, and what is being described as catastrophic flooding. The president of the United States approved of declaring Puerto Rico as a major disaster area.

Meanwhile, greater than one million people in the Dominican Republic are reportedly without water.

Messages were posted on Twitter with photographs and videos which show just how powerful and destructive was Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

One reason why Hurricane Fiona became a hurricane sooner than was originally forecast is because of the warm temperature of the water in the Caribbean Sea, which was basically undisturbed by other tropical storm systems this year. Tropical storms and hurricanes draw their energy from warm water, which cools once the tropical system moves on. Because no named storms formed in the Atlantic Basin in August of 2022 — which is extremely rare — the temperature of the water did not cool.

Hurricane Fiona could affect Bermuda by as soon as the evening of Thursday, September 22, 2022 — and after passing Bermuda, the hurricane is forecast to impact eastern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island before heading on to Newfoundland and Labrador as a tropical storm.

Official Warnings and Watches

The following official warnings were issued by the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States:

  • A hurricane watch is currently in effect for:
    • Bermuda
  • A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for:
    • Bermuda

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within Bermuda 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.

Here are five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for twelve airports in seven countries for Saturday, September 17, 2022 through Friday, September 23, 2022; and Friday, September 30, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for eight airports in three countries for Saturday, September 17, 2022 through Tuesday, September 20, 2022; and Friday, September 23, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Aguadilla and San Juan for Saturday, September 17, 2022 through Monday, September 25, 2022; and Sunday, October 2, 2022 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 Thursday, September 22, 2022 through Friday, September 23, 2022; and Monday, September 26, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for Bermuda and eight airports in four provinces for Friday, September 23, 2022 through Sunday, September 25, 2022.

Final Boarding Call

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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