Tropical Storm Ian, currently brewing in the western Caribbean on Sunday, is expected to shortly become a hurricane – a potential Category 3 according to some forecasters – and is taking aim at the state of Florida. All of Florida, mind you, meaning it could impact travel to one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country, including drive trips, flights, and cruises.
The New York City marathon has been cancelled in the wake of the destruction caused by superstorm Sandy. The move came following criticism from New Yorkers that the event would tie up precious resources.
Hurricane Sandy, which first made landfall in Jamaica on Wednesday, 24 October, had a widespread impact on occupancy across the Caribbean, according to data from STR.
Super-storm Sandy has made landfall on the east coast of the United States, bringing hurricane force winds, flooding and claiming as many as 20 lives. In New York, Lower Manhattan was sunk into total darkness following power failures, while flooding was also seen in subway and road tunnels.
Sandals Resorts has announced it is easing the disappointment of guests affected by Hurricane Sandy by refunding the disrupted section of their stay. The gesture was made after a number of the company’s resorts suffered damage in the wake of Hurricane Sandy resulting in the temporary suspension of arrivals to Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios and the delayed reopening of Beaches Ocho Rios.
Aviation in the United States will be severely disrupted in the coming days as a hybrid storm batters the east coast of the country. Forecasters have said Hurricane Sandy, which is presently headed for highly populated areas of the US will become a super-storm when it collides with cold weather fronts from the west and north.
Caribbean holiday hotspot Jamaica has closed its international airports while cruise ships have also been diverted as hurricane Sandy batters the island. One man has been killed after the category one hurricane made land fall earlier, unleashing heavy rains and winds of 80mph.
New Orleans is braced for the impact of Hurricane Isaac, which is expected to make landfall later. Although it is a much less powerful storm, the hurricane will hit the United States city exactly seven years after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
The states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and Florida have all declared states of emergency as Tropical Storm Isaac makes landfall. The storm has already caused havoc across the Caribbean, with at least six people killed in Haiti.
Hurricane Rina was upgraded to a category two hurricane earlier as it gathered strength on approach to the Mexican holiday destination of Cancun. Brining winds well in excess of 100 mph, the storm is the sixth named hurricane of the Atlantic season this year.