Impacting Travel

Tropical storm Zeta impacts travel in Mexico, United States

Update: October 27, 2020 at 8:30 am ET

Travelers and residents in and around the US Gulf Coast are aware, as weather officials have issued hurricane and storm surge warnings ahead of Zeta’s expected arrival on Wednesday.


According to, Zeta weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, but is forecast to regain strength from the hurricane Tuesday afternoon.

As a result of the forecast heavy rains, high winds and storm surge, airlines like American and Delta were the first to begin issuing travel advisories for airports in the United States in the path of the storm.

In addition to waiving foreign exchange fees for airlines serving facilities along the Gulf Coast, Amtrak also announced that it has modified service for Sunset Limited, Crescent and City of New Orleans trains.

Tropical Storm Zeta became the 27th named system of the 2020 season as it gathered steam in the western Caribbean and began moving toward the United States, forcing airlines to begin issuing travel advisories.

According to, the storm system was gaining strength over the warm waters between Honduras and Cuba Sunday night, with maximum sustained winds of about 50 miles per hour.

While the National Hurricane Center does not expect Zeta to be as strong as Hurricane Delta, the storm system is expected to become a hurricane on Monday and make landfall along the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun and Cozumel on Tuesday. in the morning.

As a result, the four largest US airlines (American, Delta, Southwest, and United) have issued travel advisories for airports serving Cancun and Cozumel. Airlines waive change fees for flights scheduled through October 28.

Being a trend now

After passing over the Gulf of Mexico, Zeta is expected to regain strength and make landfall again in the U.S. between southeastern Louisiana and the western Florida Panhandle, marking the eighth storm to make landfall along the Gulf Coast this season.

The storm is expected to make landfall in the United States between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, bringing heavy rain, possibly deadly flooding, and high winds. Airlines in the US plan to expand travel advisories to include US cities as the path of the storm becomes clearer.

Zeta is the twenty-seventh named system of the 2020 season, just one short of the all-time record for the number of named storms in the Atlantic in a season.


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