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Monster Storm Off East Coast - January 3, 2018

A severe, rapidly intesifying storm is predicted to hit the East Coast of the United States beginning late today. The National Weather Service has announced that snow, ice, strong winds, and coastal flooding will affect an area spanning from Florida all the way to New England.

Travelers and residents in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida can expect a mix of snow, sleet, and icy rain, creating potentially hazardous conditions. Motorists should avoid unnecessary driving, and be very careful on the roads, especially over bridges. Travelers should be prepared for power outages, flight cancellations, and delays.

Later this week, a major blizzard is forecast to hit parts of New England and New Brunswick, Canada. 

Am I Covered If a Winter Storm Cancels My Flight?

US residents

World Nomads will reimburse you up to the maximum benefit shown on your policy if severe weather stops all services for at least 24 hours and prevents you from reaching your destination. This benefit will not apply if the potential natural disaster has been forecasted or a storm has been named prior to purchase of this coverage.

If you are delayed en route to or from your trip for six hours or more due to severe weather, World Nomads will cover expenses for:

  • prepaid, unused, non-refundable land and water accommodation
  • any other reasonable and necessary additional expenses, such as travel and accommodation costs (“reasonable” means the standard of travel or accommodations you were originally booked to use)

When filing a claim for these benefits, you must provide written confirmation from the airline of the reasons for delay, including scheduled departure and return times and actual departure and return times.

Canadian Residents

World Nomads will cover you for trip interruption if your flight is delayed for three hours or cancelled due to inclement weather. We cover:

  • Your non-refundable, prepaid trip arrangements
  • Additional travel transportation (via the most cost-effective itinerary) to return you home or to your departure point
  • Your economy-class transportation via the most cost-effective itinerary to your next destination

Worldwide 24-hour Emergency Assistance

Need assistance? Find the emergency contact telephone number for you.

So we can best assist you, please be ready with the following:

  • Your policy number
  • A contact number for where you are now
  • The nature of your problem
  • If you are ill or injured we will need details of medical consultations you have had

Older Alerts

Severe Weather December 11, 2017

Winter has come early to many parts of the US, with a recent storm leaving a 2,000-mile swath of snow across the Southeast and East, and blanketing areas like Houston, Texas and the Florida panhandle that rarely see snow. 

Additionally, a series of clipper storms from Canada will bring snow and create slippery conditions from the Great Lakes to the Northeast early this week.

In addition snow storms across Europe are causing flight delays and cancellations.

Wildfires - Northern California Wine Country, October 11, 2017

Intense wildfires are burning in several Northern California counties, including Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Yuba counties, and have caused devastation across much of the wine country. At least 2,000 structures have been destroyed, including homes, businesses, hotels, and wineries. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for several areas. Due to the fast-moving and unpredictible nature of these fires, along with potential road closures and unsafe air quality, travelers should avoid unnecessary travel to the region until the fires are contained. Check local media for the latest updates.

Tropical Storm Nate – US Gulf Coast, October 6, 2017

Tropical Storm Nate was upgraded from a tropical depression on October 5. The storm is forecast to reach the northern Gulf Coast on late Saturday or early Sunday as a hurricane. A hurricane warning is now in effect from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border. People along the US Gulf Coast should monitor the progress of Nate closely and heed any advice given by local officials. 

How to Survive a Hurricane

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."

  • Fill the gas tank of your car.
  • Check batteries in flashlights and radios.
  • Have extra batteries on hand.
  • Secure all doors and windows.
  • Close shutters or board up the windows.
  • Have extra supplies on hand such as non-perishable food, clean drinking water, a half-gallon of water per person/per day (enough for a couple of days), and prescription drugs.

During the storm

  • Never go out during the storm. The winds can send flying debris into you causing injury and even death.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Keep on the alert for additional storm warnings. Hurricanes are known to spawn tornadoes so be prepared to take cover if one should strike.
  • While the storm is in progress avoid using electrical appliances.
  • Stay off the telephone.
  • All pets should be secure in carriers. The storm will be a frightening experience for them as well, and they could injure themselves or you if they panic.
  • Do not light candles or lanterns; they could get blown over causing a fire.
  • The eye of the storm passing over could make you think the storm is over when the worst is still yet to come. Only use this calm in an extreme emergency to make critical repairs.
  • Only after an official "all clear" has been issued is it safe to come out.

After the storm

  • Beware of downed power lines and gas leaks.
  • Stay away from heavily damaged areas.
  • Listen to your radio for instructions.

Am I Covered for a Hurricane?

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.

North Carolina Storm Warning - September 25, 2017

The National Weather Service has issued tropical storm warnings and storm surge watches for much of the North Carolina coast as Hurricane Maria continues northward. Maria is now a Category 1 storm and is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by Tuesday night. It will make its closest approach to North Carolina on Wednesday and then will likely turn eastward. Check the National Hurricane Center for the latest updates.

East Coast Storm Watch - September 18, 2017

Hurricane Jose is continuing to create hazardous conditions along the east coast of the United States. Tropical storm watches have been issued from Delaware to Cape Cod and are effective for the next few days to late September.

Areas from the Jersey Shore to eastern Massachusetts may face a serious threat from prolonged coastal flooding in addition to heavy rain and tropical-storm-force winds starting as soon as Tuesday September 19th.

Hurricane Irma - September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday morning, September 10, creating extensive damage. Irma continued north, striking Tampa and causing serious and in some cases record-breaking flooding in Jacksonville, FL and Charleston, SC. Irma has now been downgraded to a tropical depression and is now over Alabama and Tennessee. Flood warnngs are still in place for some parts of Florida and South Carolina. At least nine hurricane-related deaths have been reported in the US.

If you are traveling in the affected regions 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.

Tropical Storm Jose - Caribbean - September 12, 2017

Currently a Category 1 Hurricane, Jose is expected to linger north of the Caribbean for several days before turning northwestward. There is a possibility it might make landfall on the US mainland sometime next week. Anyone traveling to the East Coast or Caribbean should keep a close eye on Jose’s progress.

Hurricane Harvey & Houston Flooding - August 27th, 2017

The worst storm to hit the USA in a decade made landfall in Texas over the weekend of Auguist 26th and 27th and has caused widespread catastrophic flooding in the south of the state. Harvey brought winds of 215 kph and as much as 1.3 metres of rain.

Houston is among the worst affected Texan city and thousands are stranded. The storm has also sparked dozens of tornadoes in the region. Authorities have opened emergency shelters across the region (see this Google crisis map).

If you are traveling in the south Texas region you should follow all directions of police, emergency services and city officials. If it is practicable you should call the World Nomads emergecny assistance service.

Severe Weather for Hawaii and the Gulf Coast - Aug. 30th, 2016

Madeline, a Category 3 hurricane, is threatening the Big Island of Hawaii; while in the Gulf Coast, a tropical depression is expected to gain strength and be upgraded to a tropical storm, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to Florida.

Madeline is on track to pass south of Hawaii early Thursday morning, Sept. 1, but it's still possible it could shift course and make landfall. A second Pacific hurricane, Lester, is forecast to lessen to a tropical storm before it also brushes the Big Island.

Hawaiian Airlines has announced that customers holding tickets to or from the Big Island from Aug. 31 until Sept. 1 would be allowed a one-time reservation change without incurring a fee.

Hurricane Harvey & Houston Flooding - August 27th, 2017

The worst storm to hit the USA in a decade made landfall in Texas over the weekend of Auguist 26th and 27th and has caused widespread catastrophic flooding in the south of the state. Harvey brought winds of 215 kph and as much as 1.3 metres of rain.

Houston is among the worst affected Texan city and thousands are stranded. The storm has also sparked dozens of tornadoes in the region. Authorities have opened emergency shelters across the region (see this Google crisis map).

If you are traveling in the south Texas 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.

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