Tropical Storm Marco is now back to a tropical depression while Hurricane Laura gained strength over the warm waters of the Gulf and barrels toward the U.S.
Laura, which was still a Tropical Storm at the time, brought rain and wind to Puerto Rico over the weekend as well as evacuations due to potential flooding and mudslides.
The Dominican Republic and Haiti were also on high alert, especially after recent Hurricane Isaias passed through affecting the area. Tropical Storm Laura brought rain, wind, and disrupted power as she swept through the area.
According to the Weather Channel, Hurricane Laura is expected to go through the Gulf of Mexico into Wednesday and the conditions will be favorable for strengthening, but it could still shift. Intense is an understatement if Laura takes on major hurricane strength to a Category 3 or stronger. The Weather Channel also reported that it could make landfall in upper Texas or southwest Louisiana and even if it doesn’t become a major hurricane it could still produce storm surge, intense wind, and impactful rain.
You might be wondering what the difference is between a hurricane and a ‘major’ hurricane. It all has to do with the wind. A Category 1 will have a range of 74-95 mph whereas a Category 3, which is considered major, has winds of 111-129 mph.
The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Storm Surge Warnings for lower Texas and Tropical Storm and Hurricane Warnings from San Luis Pass, Texas to Intracoastal City, Louisiana. Stay safe!
What If You’re Traveling During Hurricane Laura (or any hurricane)?
- Well, we’re only halfway through hurricane season so consider cancel for any reason (CFAR) insurance as it typically offers the best protection.
- Work with a travel professional.
- Consider destinations that are outside the “hurricane belt” … like Aruba.
- Consider resorts that offer hurricane protection.
For example, if you’re considering Club Med – customers, aka G.M’s – automatically get Hurricane Protection.
If there is a (category 1 or higher) hurricane while you’re at your Club Med village, you will have access to a Future Travel Certificate. This will be for the value of the land portion for the number of nights of your stay. Certificates are valid for one year for villages in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas (Buccaneer’s Creek is excluded).
You don’t have to call Club Med as it will automatically be issued (I’d still call to follow-up though).
This is Club Med’s guaranteed protection at no cost and you can access full details here.