Hurricane Beryl affects air travel to US

(MENAFN) On Monday, airlines across the United States faced significant disruptions as Tropical Storm Beryl escalated into a hurricane nearing the Texas coast. According to FlightAware, a flight tracking website, over 1,300 flights were canceled, with an additional 505 flights experiencing delays as of 6:06 a.m. ET. United Airlines and Southwest Airlines were among the hardest hit, with 406 and 268 flight cancellations respectively, prompting them to issue travel advisories for passengers traveling through airports in Austin, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Houston, and other affected regions.

Hurricane Beryl, which had already wrought havoc and claimed at least 11 lives in the Caribbean earlier in the week, strengthened to Category 1 on the hurricane scale. Forecasts from the US National Hurricane Center indicated the potential for Beryl to intensify further to Category 2 strength by the time it reached land on Monday. The storm's approach led Texas' largest ports to suspend operations and ship traffic starting Sunday as a precautionary measure.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had earlier issued warnings about anticipated thunderstorms that could disrupt air travel and traffic across the country. The combined impact of flight cancellations, delays, and airport advisories underscored the proactive measures taken by airlines and authorities to ensure passenger safety and manage operational challenges amidst the looming threat of Hurricane Beryl's landfall. As the situation continued to evolve, travelers and airport officials remained vigilant, closely monitoring updates and preparing for potential further disruptions as the storm progressed inland. 



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