Hotels like the Sanderling Resort on the Outer Banks of North Carolina are taking a wait-and-see approach, noting on its website that it plans to welcome guests again on Monday, Sept. 17, with updates to be posted on its Facebook page. It is refunding all deposits for reservations during the closure.
Cruise ships are also diverting to avoid the storm. The cruise website CruiseCritic.com reports that several lines are making service changes on East Coast itineraries. The Norwegian Escape, currently at sea, will skip a call in Bermuda, which is not in the path of the storm but is expecting a lot of rain, and replace it with one in the Bahamas. Two Carnival ships are also skipping Bermuda in favor of islands further south.
Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac
Two other storms are brewing in the Atlantic, including Hurricane Helene tracking north and east in the central Atlantic, expected to dissipate to a tropical storm, with winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour, by Sunday.
Threatening the Caribbean islands, Tropical Storm Isaac is moving west toward the Lesser Antilles by Thursday. Hurricane watches have been issued for Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique and tropical storm warnings in Antigua and St. Kitts and Nevis. Currently, the storm has winds up to 70 miles per hour, close to Category 1 hurricane strength.
American Airlines is waiving rebooking fees for 14 Caribbean islands including Antigua, Puerto Rico and St. Lucia for flights scheduled Sept. 12 to 14. Delta Air Lines will refund canceled flights and allow changes without a fee on tickets in or out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and St. Thomas for flights scheduled Sept. 13 and 14.
Tropical Storm Olivia
On the heels of Hurricane Lane in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Olivia, currently with winds as high as 65 miles per hour, is expected to move through the main Hawaiian islands of Hawaii, Maui and Oahu Tuesday evening, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
American Airlines will waive change fees for flights to Honolulu and Maui on Sept. 12 and 13. United Airlines will allow free ticket changes on itineraries through Sept. 13 involving five Hawaiian airports.