Hurricane season is upon us. The 2017 season was a difficult reminder of how devastating a tropical cyclone can be with hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria leaving parts of Texas, Florida and the Caribbean changed forever.
In 2018, The Weather Company is forecasting 12 named storms and five hurricanes, two of which are expected to be major.
If you plan on traveling this season, it is important to take precautions and familiarize yourself with hurricane facts and hurricane safety tips.
For this reason, we compiled a list of five tips for traveling safely during hurricane season.
1. When are hurricanes most likely to occur?
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, hurricane season for the Atlantic is June to November, and for the Northeastern Pacific, it is May to November.
The majority of storms occur between August and October. The biggest peak occurs in September and another peak in October.
2. Where are hurricanes most likely to occur?
There are many areas where hurricanes will form, but you should use extreme caution if traveling to areas in the Atlantic Basin, Eastern Pacific, or Western Pacific.
3. Familiarize yourself with hurricane safety tips
Before a hurricane approaches it is important to know your destination’s evacuation routes, prepare a disaster kit that includes a first aid kit, flashlight, extra clothing, canned food and bottled water.
You can also use AccuWeather’s zip-code specific weather alerts to receive emails of all your current and future destinations.
During a hurricane, it is important to avoid flood-prone areas and stick to higher ground when possible. Many hotels in hurricane-prone regions have processes in place to keep their guests safe. If you have any questions consult your hotel’s staff.
After a hurricane, it is important to remain indoors, avoid tap water, and stay away from standing water until the proper personnel have deemed it safe.
4. Consider taking a cruise during hurricane season
If you’re looking for a tropical getaway during hurricane season a cruise is a great option. Most cruise lines can and will adjust course based on a storm and detour to different ports.
5. Purchase travel insurance
Travelex’s Travel Select protection plan provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption or trip delay due to a hurricane.
Trip Cancellation and Interruption benefits can cover you if:
- your home is made uninhabitable by a hurricane
- a named hurricane causes a cancellation or interruption of travel to your destination that is Inaccessible or Uninhabitable
Trip Delay benefit covers you if:
- a Natural Disaster causes your trip to be delayed for at least 5 consecutive hours
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