AARP Eye Center
A new hurricane season has begun. And for travelers, it comes with concerns about potential vacation disruption.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says it expects 10 to 16 named storms — those with winds of 39 mph or greater — and five to nine hurricanes. But all it takes is one big one to make travel impossible and planned accommodations off-limits.
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Last season's 10 hurricanes from June to November — including the disastrous Harvey, Maria and Irma — resulted in closed cruise ports, airport shutdowns and slammed major tourist destinations, such as Key West, Fla., and the Caribbean islands of St. John and Puerto Rico.
How can you protect yourself and your vacation plans? Take these tips from the experts.
If you’re planning an East Coast beach getaway or a cruise in or near the Caribbean, know that the peak of hurricane season runs from mid-August through mid-October. That's when Category 3, 4 and 5 hurricanes are most likely to hit — and also why it’s a prime time for big cruising discounts. Don't get seduced by deals unless you understand that they come with a higher risk for weather-related trip disruptions.