The United States government issues travel advisories in connection with the hurricane season in the Caribbean

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Over the past few weeks, weather experts have been alerting residents about hurricane season in the Atlantic. Currently, The US government has Issue a warning for US citizens In areas that can be affected.

The information was published by the State Department on the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, Eastern Caribbean and Organization of Eastern Caribbean States page. The authorities stated:Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and runs through November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects the 2022 season to be above average for the seventh consecutive year.”

Those considering traveling near the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean seas during the season, should stay informed and informed. NOAA expected this The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will produce 14 to 21 storms, 6 to 10 hurricanes, and 3 to 6 major hurricanes.

There is a “65% chance of an above-normal season”. “Early preparedness and understanding for risk is key to being able to weather hurricanes and prepare for the climate,” said Gina M. Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce.

“Throughout hurricane season, NOAA experts will work around the clock to provide early, accurate forecasts and warnings that communities in the storm’s path can rely on to stay informed,” Raimondo added.

There are many climatic factors related to the increased amount of cyclones, tropical cyclones, and storms, including the weather phenomenon of La Niña. Travelers can search for more scientific details on the NOAA website and should also follow US government recommendations.

US State Department recommendations

The government has shared advice for US citizens visiting or living in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, or near the Atlantic Ocean. These are the main recommendations:

  • registration in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): Travelers must register with the free government service for U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to receive security updates.
  • presents Negative COVID-19 test before travelling.
  • Keep in mind that in the event of a hurricane, travelers may not be able to leave the area within 24 to 48 hours or even longer, roads and personal security may be hampered – due to violence and looting that may occur after a natural disaster – may not be guaranteed Because the security personnel may not be able to help.
  • Get travel insurance It can cover unexpected expenses. Under US laws, any evacuation costs – including assistance to commercial airlines – are the responsibility of citizens.
  • Keep a set of essentials Like bottled water, essential medicines, non-perishable foods, vital documents – passports should not be forgotten – and a battery-powered radio.
  • stay informed: Monitor local media and radio and stay updated with information from the National Hurricane Center and the State Emergency Page Ready.Gov.
  • Tell friends and family where you are And keep in touch with hotels or tour operators for evacuation instructions.
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Traveling During Hurricane Season

Most travelers yearn to fly to all of Hurricane Belt’s great destinations like Miami, the Bahamas, or Cancun. However, those interested in high-risk destinations this season should take some precautions besides those already mentioned by the US State Department.

A plane flies over beachgoers at a tropical destination, a concept image for Caribbean stories

A few weeks ago, Florida experienced one of the worst flight delays in years due to thunderstorms and more than 10,000 flights were canceled or delayed. So travelers should keep in mind that this is a possibility when traveling between June and November. Flexible tickets and rebooking alternatives may come in handy, As well as being prepared for the unpredictable.

Flight board at the airport with a list of canceled flights

Another thing to consider is Choose destinations that have historically been safe In the Caribbean such as Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. Visit also sunny destinations with beautiful beaches but the Pacific Ocean is a great alternative, such as Hawaii or Mexico’s Pacific coast: Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca, Mazatlan or Acapulco. Likewise, Panama can offer visitors great beaches, warm weather, and no need to worry about hurricanes.

Aerial view of the beach near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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