Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Thursday, as did New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Both advised residents to prepare for the storm.
“If we stay informed, if we stay alert, if we stay prepared, ultimately we will all stay safe,” Landrieu said at a press conference on storm preparations.
The ease with which you can shift plans depends on where you’re traveling. (See infographic below for tips.)
Several major airlines — including American, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United — have issued advisories related to Tropical Storm Nate. They are waiving the change fees for travelers to reschedule their flights to, from or through New Orleans and other cities along the storm’s predicted path.
Nate is a named storm, so it’s too late to pick up travel insurance for your trip. If you already have a policy in place, check to see if its protections have kicked in (depending on your coverage, they may not have, yet).