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

Travel Alert September 2022: Hurricane Kay to Affect Northwestern Mexico

Oh, Kay...

If the Baja California peninsula of northwestern Mexico is 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 Kay, whose track will likely pass to the west of the peninsula.

Travel Alert September 2022: Hurricane Kay to Affect Northwestern Mexico

Hurricane Kay
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 220 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula and is moving north northwest at 12 miles per hour — are 100 miles per hour.

The eye of Hurricane Kay is well defined and obvious, meaning that it is a powerful tropical system — despite the compact size of the hurricane itself, which may further strengthen before a possible brief but dangerous landfall at Cedros Island, Isla Natividad, or near La Lobera.

In terms of rainfall which is forecast as a result of this hurricane, as much as:

    • 15 inches of rain could fall in the Baja California peninsula
    • Six inches of rain could fall in northwest mainland Mexico
    • Six inches of rain could fall in southernmost California

In addition to strong gusty winds, a storm surge could produce coastal flooding and large and destructive waves near where the center passes the coast in areas of onshore winds — or east of the center if landfall occurs with Hurricane Kay, which is a possibility.

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 warning is currently in effect from north of Punta Abreojos to San Jose De Las Palomas
  • A hurricane watch is currently in effect from Puerto Cortes to Punta Abreojos
  • A tropical storm warning is currently in effect from:
    • Punta Abreojos southward to Cabo San Lucas
    • Cabo San Lucas northward to Bahia De Los Angeles
  • A tropical storm watch is currently in effect from:
    • North of Bahia De Los Angeles to San Felipe
    • North of San Jose De Las Palomas to Cabo San Quintin

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within the Baja California peninsula of northwestern Mexico 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 three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Los Cabos / San Jose del Cabo for Tuesday, September 6, 2022 through Wednesday, September 7, 2022; and Wednesday, September 14, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Los Cabos / San Jose del Cabo for Wednesday, September 7, 2022; and Saturday, September 10, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cabo San Lucas for Wednesday, September 7, 2022 through Thursday, September 8, 2022; and Saturday, September 10, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

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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