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Before you fly, remember: Peak hurricane season is here

Two named storms swirling in the Gulf this week serve as a fitting reminder that peak hurricane season is here and it could impact your travel plans.

Hurricane season, which runs from June through November, typically peaks in mid-August through late October, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Storms Laura and Marco are currently headed for the Gulf Coast and expected to bring a mix of high winds, heavy rain and potentially dangerous storm surge. These storms can disrupt air travel in the region, impacting flights to and from Tampa International Airport.

As always TPA recommends travelers monitor bad weather in their destination – and contact their airline for flight status updates.

Tampa International Airport is not currently expecting any severe weather impacts from the storms, but that doesn’t mean we don’t prepare for it. When Tropical Storm Laura's path was less certain, TPA’s Operations team was actively making preparations, finalizing storm checklists, getting personnel ready and providing daily updates to key decision-makers.

With hurricanes a part of life in Tampa Bay, TPA has implemented a robust hurricane plan that gets updated and refined every year.

To read more about the Airport’s hurricane preparations, check out this Tampa Bay Times story featuring Airport EVP of Operations and Customer Service John Tiliacos.