Last updated: 04:00 PM ET, Fri August 26 2016

Possible Storm Could Form in Gulf of Mexico, Impact Labor Day Travel

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 26, 2016

Possible Storm Could Form in Gulf of Mexico, Impact Labor Day Travel

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On Friday, meteorologists reported on a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that could develop into a tropical depression or storm next week, possibly spoiling Labor Day holiday plans for travelers.

According to, the tropical disturbance—dubbed Invest 99-L—has so far been unable to form into a storm cell, with meteorologists blaming wind shear for the inability to form a surface low-pressure center.

Teams of experts have flown through Invest 99-L over the last several days, and have not been able to find the ideal conditions to initiate advisories for Tropical Depression Eight or Tropical Storm Hermine.

In terms of the tropical disturbance’s possible trajectory, officials believe parts of Cuba, the southeast Bahamas, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands could experience heavy rain and winds as soon as Friday.

South Florida has also been put on alert, as some areas in the region could see as much as three inches of rain and flash flooding. The rain in South Florida is expected to begin Friday and continue through at least Sunday, possibly even Monday. Areas of central Florida could also be impacted.

In addition, there is a chance Invest 99-L also dumps more rain on the Gulf Coast, which has already been hit with heavy rains and flash floods. The amount of rain the region could receive depends on the intensity and the trajectory of the storm.

For travelers, planning ahead in case of the tropical disturbance becoming a depression or storm is key to a happy and safe Labor Day. Check cancellation and change policies for the airlines and hotels you booked, as many airlines allow a change in flights with a few days' notice for a change fee and some hotels offer penalty-free cancellations a few days ahead of time.


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