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

Travel Alert September 2022: Tropical Storm Ian To Affect Jamaica and the Cayman Islands — And Then…

Cuba is next.

If Jamaica and the Cayman 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 Ian, which is expected to become a major hurricane as soon as the morning of Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

Travel Alert September 2022: Tropical Storm Ian To Affect Jamaica and the Cayman Islands — And Then…

Tropical Storm Ian
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 270 miles south southeast of Kingston in Jamaica and is moving west at 15 miles per hour — are 45 miles per hour, which means that it is classified as a tropical storm.

The following areas are forecast to receive significant precipitation as a result of Tropical Storm Ian:

  • Western to central Cuba: up to 14 inches of rain
  • Jamaica and the Cayman Islands: up to 12 inches of rain
  • Southern Haiti and southern Dominican Republic: up to six inches of rain
  • Florida Keys and south Florida: up to five inches of rain

A dangerous storm surge of up to four feet is expected in the Cayman Islands, which could lead to significant flooding. Portions of Jamaica may also experience flooding as well.

Meanwhile, swells generated by Tropical Storm Ian will affect Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba with strong rip currents and surf rough enough to threaten lives.

Tropical Storm Ian is forecast to strengthen to a hurricane as soon as late tomorrow afternoon, Sunday, September 25, 2022. After its first landfall is expected in western Cuba, this tropical storm system will likely become a major hurricane before heading towards landfall on the west coast of Florida as soon as Thursday morning, September 29, 2022. Residents and visitors in much of the state of Florida are advised to prepare for this hurricane as soon as possible; while inland areas of the southern United States could receive significant amounts of precipitation.

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:
    • Cayman Islands
  • A tropical storm watch is currently in effect for:
    • Jamaica

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within Jamaica and the Cayman 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.

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

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Grand Cayman, Havana, Kingston, and Montego Bay for Friday, September 23, 2022 through Tuesday, September 27, 2022; and Tuesday, October 4, 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 Grand Cayman for Monday, September 26, 2022 through Tuesday, September 27, 2022; and Friday, September 30, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Grand Cayman and Montego Bay for Friday, September 23, 2022 through Monday, September 26, 2022; and Monday, October 3, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Grand Cayman and Montego Bay for Saturday, September 24, 2022 through Sunday, September 25, 2022; and Sunday, October 9, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Havana for Monday, September 26, 2022 through Tuesday, September 27, 2022; and Tuesday, October 11, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for:
    • Kingston and Montego Bay for Sunday, September 25, 2022; and Friday, September 30, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Havana for Monday, September 26, 2022 through Tuesday, September 27, 2022; and Saturday, October 1, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for Kingston and Montego Bay for Sunday, September 25, 2022; and Friday, September 30, 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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