Impacting Travel

Latest updates on the impact of Hurricane Zeta on travel

Update: October 29, 2020 at 8:30 am ET

Tropical Storm Zeta made landfall as a strong Category 2 hurricane near Cocodrie, Louisiana, in Terrebonne Bay Wednesday afternoon.

According to, the storm system brought damaging wind gusts and heavy rain as it moved inland through parts of the south, including winds reaching nearly 50 miles per hour at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

Airlines serving the region proactively canceled select flights in the storm’s projected track and continue to monitor the storm to make necessary adjustments. Current travel exemptions are in effect for select cities in Louisiana, Florida and Alabama for travel on October 28 and 29.

Hurricane Zeta continues to strengthen as it approaches the US Gulf Coast to make landfall on Wednesday.

According to, hurricane warnings have been issued from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi / Alabama border, including the New Orleans metropolitan area. The life-threatening storm surge, damaging winds and heavy rains are expected to arrive Wednesday afternoon into the evening.

The storm surge warning includes areas from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to Navarre, Florida, while a tropical storm warning is also in effect for parts of southern Mississippi, Alabama, the western tip of Florida, and northern Georgia.

Zeta is also expected to bring rains to the east coast through the end of the week, as the storm interacts with another weather system.

As a result, several major airlines have issued travel alerts, eliminated modified fares, and capped fares to airports in the projected path of the storm. Zeta could affect at least nine coastal airports in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Airlines such as American, Delta, Frontier, jetBlue, Southwest and United have issued travel advisories for the region.

Amtrak has adjusted its schedule and services on the Sunset Limited, Crescent and City of New Orleans routes due to the anticipated path of Tropical Storm Zeta. There will be no substitute transportation available to and from New Orleans.