Tropical Storm Claudette may dampen Father’s Day weekend flights

Jun 19, 2021

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It’s the start of hurricane season — which means, beyond coronavirus travel restrictions, you’ll want to be extra vigilant on how the weather may impact your upcoming travels.

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What’s the first storm to watch this season? Tropical Storm Claudette formed early this morning in Louisiana and is making its way through the Deep South and Southeast this Father’s Day weekend.

Tropical Storm Claudette has moved through New Orleans and is moving through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia over the next few days.

Tropical Storm Claudette has moved through New Orleans and is moving through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina over the next few days. (Photo courtesy of The Weather Channel)

If you’re traveling today (or in the next couple of days), here are the airports that have been affected so far, with a decent number of flight delays and cancellations to watch out for.

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The Florida Panhandle

The view from the SkyWheel at Panama City Beach’s Pier (Photo by Stacy Hilton/Visit Florida)

If you’re flying in and out of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport City Beach (ECP), Pensacola International Airport (PNS) or any nearby airports in the Panhandle, we’ve noted significant delays this morning and into the afternoon.

(Screenshot courtesy of FlightView)

Atlanta

Delta Air Lines planes at Atlanta airport (Photo by Alberto Riva/TPG)

One of the world’s busiest airports, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is also a victim of Tropical Storm Claudette this weekend. As the storm moves through Georgia (and potentially into Savannah and Charleston), anticipate delays this afternoon and tomorrow.

(Screenshot courtesy of FlightView)

You can monitor any weather waivers on Delta’s website here.

Charlotte, N.C.

(Photo by Madison Blancaflor/The Points Guy)

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) is another busy airport with lots of passenger traffic that has started to see and will continue to be impacted by Tropical Storm Claudette.

(Screenshot courtesy of CLT Airport)

The tropical depression is projected to end in North Carolina by Monday, so be sure to watch out for airports including Charleston International Airport (CHS), Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Wilmington International Airport (ILM) and Norfolk International Airport (ORF).

Bottom line

Even when a tropical storm only affects a particular region, delays can have a ripple effect on routes across the country. So if you’re traveling this Father’s Day weekend, anticipate weather-related flight delays — especially if you’re flying through airports in the South.

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