The latest travel advisory to affect Canadians has just been issued, due to an aggressive and fast-approaching tropical storm. This time, travellers are being told to avoid all non-essential travel to certain parts of the United States.
The advisory warns Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to the U.S. Gulf Coast, from Pearl River in Louisiana to the border between Alabama and Florida.
Tropical Storm Gordon is set to touch down in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama today. According to the advisory, the storm will make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane. It is already causing excessive rainfall and violent winds in some Gulf Coast states.
The storm touched down in Florida on Monday morning, and other states are preparing for the impact of an approaching hurricane. Evacuations are already underway in Louisiana. According to AccuWeather, Tropical Storm Gordon could potentially trigger a series of isolated hurricanes throughout the affected states.
The hurricane has the potential to cause flash flooding and landslides, the advisory says. It could cause major disruptions to essential services including:
- power distribution
- water and food supply
- telecommunications networks
- emergency services
- medical care
Despite the severity of this storm, it is not unusual for this time of year. Hurricane season begins in mid-May and lingers until late November. The advisory reads, "during this period, even small tropical storms can quickly develop into major hurricanes."
For those of you who are still looking forward to an end-of-summer trip to the American south, "know that you expose yourself to serious safety risks" warns the advisory. Be prepared to change your plans at a moment's notice, and always stay up to date with regional weather forecasts.
To read the full travel advisory, click here.