Sleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2050 posts, RR: 21 Posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1550 times:
We've got a major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. What happens to, say, a flight from San Antonio to Atlanta on Friday, when Hurricane Lili has come ashore in SE TX/SW LA? Does it vector around? Does it go over? Is it cancelled?
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1532 times:
>>>Does it vector around? Does it go over? Is it cancelled?
It would depend upon a number of things. If the tops of storms were such that they could get over them, no problem for normal routes. If the tops were higher and getting over them not possible, it may be possible to go between the storms. If that's not possible (a solid area versus a scattered area), planning around them is the way to go.
As far as cancellations go, that would be more likely a factor for flights to/from any airport in the affected area, and less likely ones that are just transiting the area at normal crusing altitudes. In the terminal area, the most prevalent effects of the storm are the crosswinds, whose velocities can easily exceed max limits, especially on a wet runway.