Hurricane Michael, the strongest storm to make landfall in the US since 1992 with winds of up to 155 mph did weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall yesterday. It cut a quick path through the Florida Panhandle, a corner of Alabama and southwest Georgia overnight, leaving a path of significant destruction. The full extent of the damage is still uncertain but as of Thursday morning, more than 800,000 customers had lost power in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, according to electrical providers in those states.
Michael will continue to impact The Carolinas on Thursday with heavy rains and high winds. Some flash flood warnings have been issued. The storm is expected to blow out to sea by early Friday.
Airlines including American, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and United have waivers in place. Some airlines’ waivers are through Oct. 11 while other airlines have already set waivers for select locations for Oct. 12 or beyond. Airlines may extend their waivers based on conditions after damage and operational concerns are assessed later today.
Some hotels including those under the IHG umbrella are waiving cancellation fees at impacted locations.
Check with your airline, hotel or your Adelman travel consultant for specific rebooking or cancelation options in regards to these waivers.
Travelers are also advised to monitor airline flight status with regards to your specific itinerary. Travelers should also check conditions on the ground before traveling to/through the impacted areas.
Please contact your Adelman travel consultant for additional information.