Hurricane Michael is currently strengthening as it heads towards the Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to become a Category 3 system, before making landfall in the Florida Panhandle (NW of the state) and then tracking across Georgia and the Carolinas.
The hurricane will past the west coast of Cuba en route to the US, bringing heavy rainfall and storm surges.
Please check with authorities for more information, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. Failure to comply with directives from government authorities means you won't be covered by travel insurance.
The absolutely best way to survive a hurricane is to avoid one. Get away from it, but if you make the decision to leave make that decision early. Do not leave it until the last minute because you may find yourself caught without proper shelter.
If you decide to stay and "ride it out" it is advisable to get to an authorized shelter. The locations of these will be broadcast, or locals will know where they are. If there is no shelter, prepare to "shelter in place" in an internal room without windows.
Once a "storm watch" has been issued, make sure you are prepared in the event that the watch becomes a "warning."
During the storm
After the storm
There may be cover for you if you purchased your policy prior to the storm or hurricane being declared. Check your policy or call our customer assistance teams if you are unsure.
Coverage may vary depending on your place of residence and the level of cover you have purchased, however GENERALLY the cover and benefits of Trip Cancellation or Trip Interruption may assist you. If regular carriage services to your destination have ceased for 24 hours or more (so you can't get there) you may be able to make a claim. Check with our customer assistance teams.
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So we can best assist you, please be ready with the following:
Hurricane Irma struck the north coast of Cuba as a Category 5 storm late on Friday, September 8. Many areas of the island, including Havana, suffered severe flooding and widespread wind damage. At least ten deaths have been reported.
If you are traveling in the region you should follow all directions of police, emergency services and city officials. If it is practicable you should call the World Nomads emergency assistance service.
Be aware that now this is a named hurricane and emergencies have been declared in several places it may not be possible to purchase travel insurance to cover this event. To discuss your coverage please contact us at World Nomads.
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