Hurrican Joaquin-Update 2

ACI-NA continues to monitor Hurricane Joaquin and any potential impact it may have on airports located along the east coast of the United States and Canada.

As noted in today’s 1100AM EDT public and forecast advisories from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Joaquin is currently a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125mph. The storm’s center is located approximately 65 miles southeast of San Salvador in the central Bahamas is moving southwest at approximately 6mph.

Computer forecast models are grappling with a complex interaction between Joaquin, a cold front near the U.S. east coast, the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida, a strong bubble of high pressure aloft over the North Atlantic Ocean, and a potentially strong area of low pressure aloft digging into the southeastern U.S. later this week. Subsequently, there still remains considerable uncertainty in Joaquin’s future track and its potential impact on the U.S. east coast in the coming days.

ACI-NA continues to work closely with A4A and IATA personnel located at the Air Traffic Control U.S. Command Center should any potential impacts arise for U.S. airports located along the east coast. Additionally, ACI-NA has compiled a list of airports that may be potentially impacted by Joaquin and will be following-up directly with those airports soon.

Please note, with the start of the ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Long Beach, California this upcoming weekend, ACI-NA is planning to set-up a dedicated workroom space (“war room”) for airport operations and technical affairs staff that potentially could be affected by Hurricane Joaquin.