Expect Travel Disruptions Through Early Next Week from Florence: Here Are Some Tips to Minimize the Impact

By Paul Riegler on 12 September 2018
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While the Mid-Atlantic region braces for what is being described as a “life-threatening” hurricane called Florence, many travelers are wondering, “Should I even take that flight?”

The storm, slated to make landfall in the Carolinas as a dangerous Category 3 storm Friday morning, is predicted to produce catastrophic flooding and heavy rain over a larger swath of the region and farther inland than had been originally predicted.

Expect significant travel disruptions, not only in the Mid-Atlantic region, but also in the Caribbean and Hawaii as more storms are forming. As a result, if you don’t have to travel, stay put.

Indeed, Florence will end up causing flight delays and cancellations across the nation as aircraft get diverted or delayed and flight crews are either stranded in a layover city or unable to commute to work.

Here are some tips for minimizing the impact Florence may have on your plans.

Train Service

Amtrak issued a service alert for the Southeast, adjusting schedules and cancelling trains “for the safety of our customers and employees.”  Numerous routes south of Washington, D.C. have already been cancelled starting Wednesday and others may be affected as well.

The railroad is allowing passengers to rebook at no charge. Contact Amtrak or visit its website to check the status of your train.

Air Travel

Airlines have issued waivers, which generally allow travelers to cancel or rebook tickets without incurring any fees.

Alaska Airlines and American Airlines have waivers in place for travel dates through September 16; Delta Air Lines, for travel through September 17; JetBlue Airways, through September 16; Southwest Airlines, through September 17; and United Airlines, through September 16.

Contact your airline for specific details.

Cruise Lines

Meanwhile, multiple cruise lines including Norwegian and Carnival have already cancelled planned calls to Bermuda because of heavy rain anticipated due to Florence. Cruise lines have also made changes to their itineraries to avoid areas affected by the storm.

Driving

In general, if you are in an area directly impacted by Florence and haven’t evacuated, consider moving inland.  If you plan to stay put, stay off the roads.

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