Update: Tropical Storm Barry to Impact the Gulf Coast of the United States

Additional airlines have posted travel waivers due to Tropical Storm Barry, of which landfall could possible occur on the coast of Louisiana as early as Saturday afternoon, July 13, 2019. If the Gulf Coast of the United States 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.

Update: Tropical Storm Barry to Impact the Gulf Coast of the United States

Tropical Storm Barry

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

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is currently centered approximately 95 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and is moving west northwest at approximately five miles per hour — are 65 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour. Strengthening to a minimal Category 1 hurricane prior to landfall is still not out of the question as the storm continues to form over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on its way to the mainland United States.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for a part of southern Louisiana, which includes Morgan City and Grand Isle; while tropical storm warnings have been issued in much of southern and central Louisiana — including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Alexandria.

Additionally, a storm surge watch has been issued from the border shared by Mississippi and Alabama to Morgan City in Louisiana. Flash flood watches have been issued for the southern half of Mississippi, the eastern half of Louisiana, southwestern Alabama and the extreme western panhandle of Florida.

A state of emergency has already been declared for Louisiana by Jon Bel Edwards, who is the governor of the state. Parts of the city of New Orleans are already experiencing flooding as a result of this forming tropical system.

Additionally, the gulf coast of the United States — from the western panhandle of Florida to eastern Texas — will feel the effects of this storm in the form of torrential precipitation, gusty winds, strong rip currents, beach erosion, dangerous surf and possible isolated tornadoes. Localized flooding is expected as far north as southern Missouri; and tropical downpours of heavy rain can occur as far south and east as Everglades City in Florida. Even worse is that some portions of the Mississippi River are already near flood stage, which means flooding will be further exacerbated by this tropical storm. Much of eastern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi will likely experience power outages.

As much as 25 inches of rain could fall in local areas within the path of this storm — especially in southern Louisiana, which includes New Orleans.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the Gulf Coast region 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 eight airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 12 airports in five states for Thursday, July 11, 2019 through Sunday, July 14, 2019; and Thursday, July 18, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for six airports in three states for Friday, July 12, 2019 through Sunday, July 14, 2019; and Wednesday, July 17, 2019 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 Thursday, July 11, 2019 through Sunday, July 14, 2019; and Sunday, July 21, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Panama City and Pensacola for Tuesday, July 9, 2019 through Saturday, July 13, 2019; and Saturday, July 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • New Orleans for Tuesday, July 9, 2019 through Sunday, July 14, 2019; and Sunday, July 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Corpus Christi and Houston for Wednesday, July 10, 2019 through Sunday, July 14, 2019; and Sunday, July 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for New Orleans for Wednesday, July 10, 2019 through Saturday, July 13, 2019; and Saturday, July 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for Houston, Jackson, Lafayette and New Orleans for Thursday, July 11, 2019 through Sunday, July 14, 2019; and Friday, July 26, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for Houston and New Orleans for Thursday, July 11, 2019 through Sunday, July 14, 2019; and Friday, July 19, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Allegiant Air has issued travel alerts Gulfport and New Orleans for Friday, July 12, 2019 through Monday, July 15, 2019.

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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