Last updated: 11:26 AM ET, Tue August 30 2016

Developing Storms Could Wreak Havoc on Labor Day Travel Plans

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 30, 2016

Developing Storms Could Wreak Havoc on Labor Day Travel Plans

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Labor Day weekend is the unofficial close of the summer travel season, but several developing storms could potentially cause havoc for vacationers at top tourism destinations across the United States.

According to The Associated Press, forecasters expect a storm that’s developing in the Atlantic Ocean to begin dumping rain and producing high winds in North Carolina and the popular Outer Banks region starting Tuesday. The bad weather is then expected to move up the east coast throughout the week, dumping more rain before eventually dissipating.

As if the storm heading toward North Carolina wasn’t enough, meteorologists revealed last week that a tropical disturbance forming in the Gulf of Mexico could develop into a tropical depression or storm later this week.

While the trajectory of the weather cell forming in the Gulf of Mexico is still uncertain, there is a distinct chance it swings through southern and central Florida before moving up the east coast, possibly spoiling Labor Day holiday plans for travelers.

There is also a tropical depression forming around 240 miles west of Key West, Florida, but meteorologist expect this storm to curve back to the northeast in the coming days. Residents in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area of Florida are now preparing for the potential storms.

In addition to the storms developing on the east coast, there are also concerns in Hawaii about Hurricane Madeline. According to, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for the Big Island of Hawaii as the storm passes dangerously close to the island Wednesday.


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