The 2013 hurricane season is still in full swing. Here’s what you need to know about travelling to hurricane prone destinations.
What You Should Know
The 2013 hurricane season began June 1st and ends November 30th, so be advised that you should still be cautious if you’re planning trips to destinations located in the Atlantic, the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico. You should be wary of not only hurricanes, but tropical storms and tropical cyclones as well. Worldwide, tropical storm/cyclone and hurricane activity peaks in late summer, with May as the least active month and September as the most active, while in the Northern Atlantic, peaks occurs from late August through September. Though the peak of the season has passed, there is still a great likelihood of storms forming and developing into full-blown hurricanes.
Damage from these storms can have a huge impact on a country’s infrastructure, resulting in a closing off of access and therefore inability to travel, as well as serious shortages in food, water and medical facilities. This can occur from damage caused by the hurricane’s high winds and excessive rain or by resulting landslides, surges and flooding. You might even see airport closures and lack of available flights immediately prior to, during or after a hurricane or storm (depending on the damage and weather conditions).
What You Should Do
- Do your homework – Research your travel destination, and check the local weather before you move, so you know what you are going to encounter upon arrival and will also have a good idea what weather patterns will be like during your stay. More than likely you will have great weather, but it pays to know.
- Register with your embassy – Registering with your embassy of citizenship ensures your presence and whereabouts are known, making it easier for your embassy or consulate to contact you in case of an emergency.
- Monitor local news media – Monitor local radio stations and other sources of information such as the National Hurricane Centre on a daily basis. If you hear of a storm forming, check back on it, as it takes no time for these to develop into hurricanes.
- Follow instructions – It is important to follow instructions issued to you by local authorities in the case of an emergency. Failure to do so can result in loss of property and even life.
- Relax – You have planned properly. Just keep on top of everything, and you can relax and enjoy your vacation without worry and anxiety.
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