Update: More Airlines Issue Travel Waivers for Tropical Storm Gordon September 2018

Additional airlines have issued travel waivers because of the impending landfall of Tropical Storm Gordon, which may strengthen to a hurricane as early as tonight, Tuesday evening, September 4, 2018 at or near Gulfport in Mississippi.

Update: More Airlines Issue Travel Waivers for Tropical Storm Gordon September 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon

Tropical Storm Gordon — shown in the upper left of the image — closes in on the Mississippi Gulf Coast of the United States. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Tropical Storm Gordon — which is currently approximately 90 miles south of Mobile and moving northwest at a speed of 15 miles per hour — have strengthened to 70 miles per hour; and it is expected to develop into a minimal Category 1 hurricane prior to landfall later tonight. Wind gusts are up to 85 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Gordon

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

Hurricane warnings have been issued from New Orleans to the border shared by Alabama and Florida; and tropical storm warnings have been issued for the western panhandle of Florida and the Mississippi River delta of Louisiana.

States of emergency have been officially declared; casinos have already closed for business along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as of 5:00 in the afternoon Central Daylight Time; and voluntary evacuations have occurred in coastal towns — such as Grand Isle in Louisiana, as one example.

The first official landfall of the storm already occurred over the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula earlier yesterday morning.

Flooding and gusty winds will be the main threat of this storm from New Orleans to west of Tallahassee to as far north as north of Little Rock — although beach erosion; rough surf; localized flash flooding; strong rip currents; windy conditions; significant rainfall, which could bring as much as 12 inches of rain to some areas; and isolated tornadoes and waterspouts are possible in some areas. Power outages are also possible.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the northern Gulf Coast of the United States 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 nine airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for eight airports in four states for Monday, September 3, 2018 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018; and Sunday, September 9, 2018 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 four states for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018; and Sunday, September 9, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 13 airports in four states for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018; and Sunday, September 9, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued a travel alert for New Orleans for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Thursday, September 6, 2018; and Friday, September 14, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for New Orleans, Pensacola and Panama City for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018; and Wednesday, September 19, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for New Orleans, Jackson and Pensacola for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Thursday, September 6, 2018; and Friday, September 28, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued a travel alert for New Orleans for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018; and Tuesday, September 11, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued a travel alert for New Orleans for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for eight airports in four states for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Wednesday, September 5, 2018; and Sunday, September 9, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

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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