A tropical storm is set to hit the Gulf Coast late Friday, and airlines are issuing travel waivers as they expect flight disruptions in the area.
According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Nestor is expected to approach the northern Gulf Coast late Friday before moving inland across portions of the southeastern United States over the weekend. The storm should then move offshore of the coast of North Carolina and into the western Atlantic by late Sunday. The storm, which currently has maximum sustained winds near 60 mph, is expected to drop below tropical storm strength on Saturday.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for an area ranging from the Mississippi – Alabama border to Yankeetown, Florida, as well as from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the mouth of the Pearl River.
A number of airlines have issued flight change waivers ahead of the storm:
American Airlines customers scheduled to fly through October 19 can rebook through October 25 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).
Customers on Southwest Airlines scheduled to fly through October 19 can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel and between the original city pair.
Frontier Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through October 19 to rebook through November 8. Customers with cancelled flights may also request a refund.