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Anytime you travel to the Caribbean during the low travel season …you are taking a risk! This is when the prices are the absolute best, but the possibility of actually experiencing a hurricane is very high during that time. According to Fox News at least 7 people have died as Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean this week, destroying buildings and uprooting trees on its potentially catastrophic path toward Florida.
The Category 5 storm – the most potent Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever – did “severe and in places critical” damage already to the island of Anguilla, according to the United Kingdom. It also ripped through the islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy and blacked out much of Puerto Rico and now St. Martin & Barbuda have been affected as well. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/07/hurricane-irmas-storm-path-what-should-know.html
The low travel season in the Caribbean is from the summer to October, but the lowest of the low comes in September and October, the peak weeks of hurricane season.
Delta Flight 302 was the last flight out of Puerto Rico San Juan airport on Wednesday before the airport shut down with amid 185 mile-per-hour winds in between bands of category 5 hurricane Irma. There were 173 Delta passengers onboard, plus flight crew. The flight made it to New York's JFK International Airport less than three and half hours later. Being an ex-flight attendant, I understand the motivation of the pilots and flight crew to want to get home. There have been many times when I was stuck somewhere due to weather or disasters, which were out of my control and just wanted to get home. https://www.wired.com/story/delta-plane-hurricane-irma/
My question is…would you have taken that flight or stayed and waited until it was safe? Or would you have ever taken that risk booking a trip during that season in the first place. The crews were assigned those trips as a part of their job, but travelers have a choice. Most travelers also may or may not have known about the different seasons of travel or what they are actually risking by traveling during certain times of the year. Sometimes we get caught up in the great price, while being completely unaware of the risks that may be involved. I would strongly recommend that you always check out Blueface Destinations website, before booking your next trip. There is a full best time to travel guide on the website under the resources tab. https://www.bluefacedestinations.com/best-travel-times.html
Always be informed before booking vacations! If it sounds too good to be true…it just might be! Use The tools on the Blueface website, so that you have the best possible information on your trip before you go. Also, please be advised, fares will likely increase on Sunday and Monday in the affected areas. If you have flight plans in Florida, Charleston, Georgia, Florida or the Caribbean, please contact the airlines to inquire about refunds or rebooking. Always stay in the know, so you can make a conscious decision on whether or not you should go or say no! #iBookWithBlueface http://www.postandcourier.com/business/hurricane-irma-expected-to-affect-flights-between-charleston-and-south/article_0347cbbe-93d6-11e7-8167-1b62dcca82ae.html