Tropical Storm Gordon to Hit Coast as Hurricane; Flights Disrupted

(Graphic by the National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to strengthen and hit the north-central Gulf Coast as a hurricane late Tuesday, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center. The storm, which currently has maximum sustained winds near 65 mph, could move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley tonight into early Wednesday. Once Gordon hits land, it is expected to weaken rapidly. 

A hurricane warning is in effect for an area ranging from the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida border, while a tropical storm warning is in effect for an area west of the Pearl River to east of Morgan City, Louisiana, and from the Alabama-Florida border to the Okaloosa-Walton County line. 

A number of airlines have issued change waivers for customers flying to, from or through airports in the area:

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American Airlines is allowing those scheduled to fly through September 5 to rebook through September 9 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference). 

Customers set to fly on Delta through September 5 can also rebook through September 9, with the new ticket to be reissued on or before that date. 

On United Airlines, customers flying through September 5 can rebook through September 9 in the same cabin between the same city pair. 

Southwest Airlines is allowing travelers set to fly through September 5 to rebook through September 9 to travel standby or rebook within 14 days in the original class of service. 

Frontier Airlines is allowing customers set to fly through September 6 to rebook through September 28. Travelers can opt to change the origin or destination city, and those with cancelled flights can request a refund. 

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