Isaac Halting Labor Day Travel Plans

Posted on: 4:59 pm, August 27, 2012, by , updated on: 06:33pm, August 27, 2012

(Memphis)  More people were supposed to hit the road this year for Labor Day, but that was before a deadly, tropical storm barreled across the Caribbean.

Isaac is now headed for the Gulf Coast and halting travel plans.

Amtrak cancelled all service in and out of New Orleans Monday, and some trains will be re-routed through Memphis.

If you’re scheduled to fly or cruise over the next few days, AAA Memphis Travel/Motor Club Manager Cheryl Keating says go online for the most up to date information.

Some cruise lines post weather updates on their home page and even offer text alerts.

“Make sure that wherever you’re going, they’ve got your information, they’ve got your cell phone number, they’ve got your email address, they’ve got whatever emergency contact to get in touch with you in case of an emergency,” says Keating.

Speaking of, don’t expect cruise, or airlines to pick up the tab if you get stuck.

Keating says cancellations due to weather are usually not covered! If you bought travel insurance, pull it out and read the fine print. “If airlines shut down, if there’s an evacuation, if the city or state calls for evacuation, that’s when it’s gonna kick in,” explains Keating.

For those driving, expect gas prices to fluctuate. Keating says highway patrol will have information about roadways.  Plus, “Just give the hotel a call, they’ll talk to you, they’ll let you know what’s going on.”