Travelers with plans to visit Bermuda this week should be on notice regarding the projected path of Hurricane Humberto, which is now a Category 3 storm.
According to The Associated Press, Humberto is forecasted to pass close by the island of Bermuda with strong winds, heavy rain and dangerous storm surge Wednesday night into Thursday.
As a result of the projected impact of the Category 3 hurricane, Bermuda’s government has ordered troops to be ready for emergency operations and warned locals and tourists to make final preparations for strong storm conditions.
11 AM AST: Here are the latest Key Messages on #Humberto, which is expected to produce a long duration of dangerous winds on Bermuda later today through Thursday morning https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/8Ec4qFVFqu
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 18, 2019
The outer rainbands of #Hurricane #Humberto are beginning to affect #Bermuda (red circle) this morning. NOAA’s #GOESEast is keeping a close eye on the Category 3 storm, which is forecast to pass just to the northwest and north of Bermuda later tonight. https://t.co/9QzwiVpOeZ pic.twitter.com/IAIcfo48rS
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) September 18, 2019
The approaching hurricane has forced National Security Minister Wayne Caines and his team to close ferries on the island at noon local time Wednesday and shut down bus service at 4 p.m., with flights possibly being impacted Thursday at Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Humberto would bring tropical-storm-force winds Wednesday and hurricane-force gusts could probably last until early Thursday. The storm’s maximum sustained winds reached 115 miles per hour before reaching Bermuda.
Travelers are cautious after the damage done to The Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, but there are other storms still forming in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Jerry was located near the outermost Caribbean islands Wednesday, where it was predicted to become a hurricane Thursday night or Friday.
In addition, the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda began dumping as much as 18 inches of rain on parts of Southwest Texas and southwestern Louisiana.
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New Tool Tracks Travelers’ Perceptions of Safety Throughout Reopening Phase
MMGY Global has launched a brand new Travel Safety Barometer tool to help the travel and tourism industry monitor American travelers’ perceptions of safety as society gradually reopens in the wake of COVID-19.
Measured on a scale from 0 (extremely unsafe) to 100 (extremely safe) and based on a monthly survey of 1,200 American travelers, Travel Safety Barometer metrics are published for a series of categories, including domestic and international travel, transportation, lodging, cruising, dining and entertainment.
Currently, MMGY Global’s data suggests that domestic leisure travel, which scores just 34, will bounce back before international (22) or even business travel (29).
The recent Travel Intentions Pulse Survey (TIPS) conducted by MMGY Travel Intelligence found that two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) feel safest when traveling by personal vehicle, so it’s little surprise that the Driving Safety Barometer is highest at 72, more than double that of taking a flight (30). Transportation overall scores a 56.
Lodging is much lower at 35, while dining and entertainment are just slightly behind at 33.
With cruise lines temporarily suspending operations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issuing a no-sail order through late-July, MMGY Global’s Cruise Safety Barometer scores the lowest of any category at 18.
“Travelers’ perceptions of safety are shaped by everything from the latest news headlines and personal experiences to social media. The Travel Safety Barometer will highlight how consumer perceptions of safety evolve as states, countries and travel-related businesses cautiously begin to reopen, allowing the industry to adjust their operational and marketing strategies accordingly to meet consumer needs,” said Chris Davidson, executive vice president of insights and strategy, MMGY Travel Intelligence, in a statement accompanying Thursday’s announcement.
“There is much work to be done by the industry to put in place measures to protect the public’s health and well-being,” added Davidson. “Once this is accomplished, the next challenge becomes how will destinations, hotels, airlines, cruises and other travel businesses provide peace of mind to travelers who perceive them to be unsafe.”
Visit MMGYIntel.com to download the full report.
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