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TravelSevere thunderstorms to delay Memorial Day travel as nearly 43 million Americans take vacation

01:50  23 may  2019
01:50  23 may  2019 Source:   accuweather.com

Nearly 100 Million Americans Planning a Family Vacation in 2019

Nearly 100 Million Americans Planning a Family Vacation in 2019 A new AAA Travel survey shows many American families will embark on a road trip vacation this year.

Nearly 43 millions Americans are expected to travel Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA. Marking the unofficial start of summer, AAA expects this to be the second-highest travel volume on record since the company began tracking back in 2000. Overall, an additional 1.5 million more people

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — AAA Mid-Atlantic estimated that nearly 43 million Americans plan to travel during the long Memorial Day weekend. AAA said the vast majority of holiday travelers will drive, meaning travel delays on major roads could amount to more than three times longer than a normal

Severe thunderstorms to delay Memorial Day travel as nearly 43 million Americans take vacation© AP Photo/David Zalubowski/File Travelers head westbound on Interstate 70 to kick off the Memorial Day holiday weekend Friday, May 25, 2018, near Evergreen, Colo.

Nearly 43 million Americans will take to the nation's roads, rails and runways to take advantage of the long three-day Memorial Day weekend, reports AAA.

This holiday is set to have the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes in 2000. Reports show 1.5 million more people will travel this year compared to last year, which is a 3.6% increase.

Despite a rising national gas price average approaching $3 per gallon, AAA said the higher prices wont keep holiday travelers home. Approximately 88% of travelers will choose to drive to their Memorial Day destinations this year, the most on record.

900 flights delayed, 360 canceled across the US as severe weather moves east

900 flights delayed, 360 canceled across the US as severe weather moves east A multi-day storm system is hitting the East Coast and causing flight delays and cancellations during a busy travel day ahead of Passover and Easter. As of 11 a.m. ET, 916 flights within, into or out of the United States had been delayed and 365 cancelled, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. The National Weather Service posted the following advisory on its website: "Severe thunderstorms capable of widespread damaging winds and a few tornadoes will shift across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast states today and tonight.

Nearly 43 millions Americans are expected to travel Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA. Marking the unofficial start of summer, AAA expects this to be the second-highest travel Overall, an additional 1.5 million people will take on the nation's roads, rails and runways compared to last year.

By the numbers: 2019 Memorial Day holiday travel forecast. For the 37.6 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the “ Travelers should anticipate delays to start on Wednesday and continue through Memorial Day .

"Travelers should anticipate delays to continue through Memorial Day. Our advice to drivers is to avoid the morning and evening commuting times or plan alternate routes." Trevor Reed, transportation analyst, INRIX said.

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People should expect those travel delays on major roads to be more than three times longer than normal during evening commutes and even longer if there is severe weather.

"On Thursday the worst areas are in the Plains states from west Texas to southeast Nebraska with potential for severe thunderstorms and even some tornadoes," Expert Senior Meteorologist David Dombek said.

A secondary area of powerful thunderstorms will affect portions of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, especially in the afternoon and evening.

Storms Impacting Travel in Northeast Friday

Storms Impacting Travel in Northeast Friday The storm could cause flight cancellations and delays.

“ Travelers should anticipate delays to start on Wednesday and continue through Memorial Day . All in all, some 43 million Americans will take a trip this year, an increase of 1.5 million over last year. And despite rising gas prices, AAA expects 37.6 million people to drive, an increase of 3.5 percent

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"On Friday and Friday night, Dombek said the focus of strong to severe thunderstorms will shift to the Midwest, perhaps including Des Moines, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Chicago," Dombek said.

For the 37.6 million Americans traveling by automobile, analytics company INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while New Yorkers and Washington, D.C., could see three times the delay.

"On Saturday and Sunday, watch the region from central and western N.Y. state and northwest Pa., back into Indiana for strong to severe thunderstorms," Dombek said.

Dombek said there are no widespread areas of severe thunderstorms on Sunday.

The best and worst times to travel on Memorial Day weekend

The best and worst times to travel on Memorial Day weekend Holiday weekends are the busiest times of year to travel in the United States. More than 40 million Americans will take a flight or hit the road over Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer season. One way to survive this busy vacation season is to pick a less popular time to travel. Whether you're traveling a few miles or across the country, avoid heading out at the same time as everyone else to bypass hours of traffic when heading to the airport or to your destination. The busiest days for travel are typically the Thursday and Friday before the long weekend.

AAA NewsRoom > Travel > Hello, Summer: Nearly 43 Million Americans Will Kick off the Season with a Memorial Day Vacation . “ Travelers should anticipate delays to start on Wednesday and continue through Memorial Day . For those travelers planning an international vacation for Memorial Day

As AAA expects nearly 43 million Americans to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend, up 3.6 percent from last year The nation's midsection will remain in the grips of a stormy weather pattern with rounds of rain and thunderstorms expected each day from Saturday through Memorial Day .

"Central Plains to Ohio Valley to Appalachians by late in the day on Monday is the area to watch for strong thunderstorms. Also, storms could get active by late Monday or Monday evening in northern N.Y. state and northern New England," Dombek said.

"In general, the western one fourth to one third of the nation will be unsettled the entire time from Friday through Monday with pockets of rain or showers, and some snow in some of the highest elevations," Dombek said.

Keep checking back for updates in the Memorial Day weather outlook on AccuWeather.com.

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