Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hurricane Earl: Best Resources for Travelers

I wasn't planning on traveling this weekend, but my 11-year-old daughter was supposed to be taking a short trip to Washington, DC with my mother. So like many on the East Coast, I'm on the alert, watching the web to see what the latest predictions are for where and when Earl will strike.

A NASA Photo of Hurricane Earl
I've also been monitoring the changes in travel schedules. For those who need to do the same, here's a short list of helpful links:

  • Amtrak is taking some of its trains going from Virginia out of service. Go to its alert to learn details.
  • A number of cruise itineraries are being affected by the storm. The folks at CruiseCritic seem to be doing the most effective job of keeping up with all the changes in a timely fashion. If you're supposed to cruise in the next few days, or have a loved one aboard a ship, head there for information.
  • Airline websites: There seems to be no central source for updates on airline cancellations across the nation. The best course of action is to surf to the website of the carrier you're supposed to be flying. USAToday reports that AirTran, Continental, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, United, USAirways and Southwest have already posted updated policies on their websites for fliers needing to rebook or cancel travel.
Good luck to us all in the upcoming days!

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