Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastMore >>
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.More >>
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MOORE, OK (RNN) – In one of the few positive stories to come from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, an elderly woman was reunited with a four-legged friend she thought was dead. Barbara Garcia, a residentMore >>
Elderly resident Barbara Garcia frantically called for her dog after the tornado had leveled her house, but with no success.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:56:05 GMT
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her. A statement from the Nash County Sheriff's Office said 24-year-oldMore >>
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her.More >>
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)
- Ah, June! School's out and for many
families it's time to plan those summertime vacations. Those plans usually coincide with hurricane
season, which only heats up as we head further into summer. So is it worth the risk to book a Caribbean
vacation or trip to Disney world?
speaking, the odds of your travel overlapping with a land falling hurricane are
slim. Let's think of it this way. We're expecting 9-15 named storms this
season, which spans six months. Then
factor in the peak of the season, which doesn't occur until September. Most storms will form between the months of
August and October.
Let's say your
summertime plans are taking place in August.
Of the summer months, this is the most likely time frame for hurricane
formation. If we end up at the upper end
of 15 storms predicted, it's likely we'd see an estimated 3-4 named storms that
Sounds like a lot,
but remember that most of the life of a hurricane will be spent well
offshore. The odds that a particular
storm will hit where you're vacationing while you're there are actually quite
But if the worst
happens, and a hurricane or tropical storm is forecast to hit your vacation
destination, you've got a lot of recourse.
Airlines, hotels and cruise lines are all pretty flexible when it comes
to these storms.
Airlines will allow
you to reschedule or give you a refund, generally in the form of a travel
Hotels will generally
accept cancellations at least 24 hours in advance. The situation becomes a bit more challenging
if you're using travel sites rather than booking directly through the hotel,
but if the storm is so bad the hotel is forced to close, you'll receive a
refund no matter how you paid for the room.
It's likely you won't
have to cancel with a cruise line.
Generally, they will simply switch the itinerary, often swapping a
Western Caribbean cruise for a more Eastern route, or vice versa.
If possible, pay for
your trip with a credit card. If there's
a dispute, credit card companies can work out the dispute and credit the amount
back to your account.
Storm tracks during
the month are likely to take storms into the Caribbean or even Florida, so if
that's where you're headed, it's particularly worth watching the weather starting
the week or so before your trip.