While Hurricane Harvey continues to bring disastrous flooding to Texas and Louisiana, another pair of tropical storms could cause travel disruptions over the coming week.
While the weather system moving up the East Coast that disrupted flights yesterday weakened before reaching tropical storm status, Accuweather reports that a new system making its way westward across the Atlantic could strengthen to become Tropical Storm Irma. The storm, which forecasters say could become a powerful hurricane in the coming days, will take approximately one week to travel west across the Atlantic. While it is too soon to say with any certainty where or if the storm could impact the United States, the storm could make landfall in an area ranging from the Caribbean’s Leeeward Islands to the Carolinas to Bermuda.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Lidia has prompted Delta to issue a change waiver for customers flying through Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, August 31 through September 1. The ticket must be reissued on or before September 5, with rebooked travel to begin no later than that date.
According to a recent forecast from Colorado State University released before Harvey developed, we’re in the midst of an above-average hurricane season. The report, which was released in early August, predicted another 11 named storms through the end of the season due to unusually warm waters in the Atlantic.