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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.