Warnings and Advice for Travelers from AAA

Warnings and Advice for Travelers from AAA

AAA continues to monitor travel, gas prices in the midst of hurricane
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Lindsay Kensy

As of Tuesday, October 9, Hurricane Michael, a category 2 storm, is strengthening as it moves over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The center of this potentially dangerous storm is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend on Wednesday, possibly becoming a category 3, with a projected northeastward track across the southeastern United States.

AAA continues to closely monitor Hurricane Michael and is working with travel partners to receive the latest updates. In such situations, when a storm will impact travelers, AAA Travel pulls a list of all members who have trips booked to affected areas. Travel consultants are reaching out to members to see if they have any questions or need any guidance.

Safety First
AAA urges travelers to check with their travel agent and travel providers for cancelation policies and itinerary changes. Travelers should heed all official evacuation advisories and orders.

If traveling, it is important to monitor weather conditions regularly, both at your departure city and destination. If you have hotel reservations, check with your hotel for local updates on the storm’s impact.

Gas Prices
While Hurricane Michael is a Gulf Coast storm, it’s not expected to impact critical Gulf Coast infrastructure (refineries and pipelines) like Hurricane Harvey did in 2017. However, heavy rain and high winds could affect refineries in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

Gasoline and diesel supplies in the path of the hurricane are likely to tighten this week. Flooding and power outages have the potential to knockout parts of the Colonial Pipeline, causing delivery disruptions post hurricane. 

Gas prices could see spikes locally and regionally as motorists flock to stations to top-off vehicles. A storm of this magnitude can cause an increase in demand, due to panic buying, leading up to the storm and then reduce demand dramatically post-hurricane.