As tropical storm Dorian approaches the Caribbean coasts and continues to gain strength, several airlines have issued advisory warnings to travelers heading to areas likely to be impacted by the storm. The tropical storm is expected to make landfall in Puerto Rico and could reach hurricane strength before it arrives. This means severe weather in popular Caribbean destinations jeopardizing Labor Day Weekend plans! Foreseeing the scenario, several airlines have started offering travel waivers ahead of the tropical storm.
Dorian to intensify into Hurricane
The rising Dorian was perceived about 240 miles east southeast of Ponce in Puerto Rico. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, it is moving northwest at 14 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. At an alarming rate, the tropical storm is expected to gain strength and intensify into hurricane before reaching Puerto Rico and heading towards the Bahamas and Florida. Perhaps, it is the fourth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and will likely intensify to near-hurricane strength over the eastern Caribbean Sea by Tuesday. However, tropical storm watches have been issued in Dominica, Grenada and Martinique while Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent have issued tropical storm warnings.
Flights cancelled and Airports closed
As the storm heads towards the Caribbean islands, airlines have warned those travelling to Barbados in the coming weeks, or already there for a holiday to exercise caution and monitor local news and weather reports. The FCO has advised Britons of the horror weather and the longer-lasting implications of the hurricane. Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados was closed as a national shutdown was called for ahead of the arrival of Dorian. Also, several flights to the idyllic holiday hotspots have been cancelled. Caribbean Airlines and LIAT were the first two to cancel flights in anticipation of the storm.
Airlines offer travel waivers
Due to the severe storm, major airlines in the United States have started issuing travel advisories and waiving change fees, including American Airlines and Delta. Travelers flying to impacted airports in the Caribbean can change their current itineraries without paying extra. While LIAT airlines cancelled a few flights, Caribbean Airlines issued a travel advisory to its passengers and waived change fees for passengers flying from Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados, Piarco International Airport in Trinidad, and Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica.