Travel Alert October 2017: Typhoon Khanun Impacts Southern China, Hong Kong and Vietnam

If southern China, Hong Kong and central Vietnam are in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the effects from Typhoon Khanun.

Travel Alert October 2017: Typhoon Khanun Impacts Southern China, Hong Kong and Vietnam

Typhoon Khanun

Landfall by Typhoon Khanun occurs over southern China, which is outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Typhoon Khanun — which is the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane currently located approximately 200 miles west southwest of Hong Kong and moving west at a speed of 22 miles per hour — are at 90 miles per hour; and landfall is occurring on the Leizhou Peninsula in southern China on which Zhanjiang is located.

Hong Kong and the island of Hainan are also being affected by this storm. Northeastern Vietnam — including Hanoi — will also be affected even though Typhoon Khanun is forecast to take a turn in the Gulf of Tonkin towards the southwest and not directly impact this area.

Mudslides, rough surf, flooding, strong rip currents, windy conditions and significant rainfall will occur in many areas. Power outages which will last for days are also possible.

This is a fast-moving storm; so even though damage is forecast to occur as a Category 2 hurricane, the effects will not last too long. Typhoon Khanun is expect to weaken to a tropical storm or tropical depression by Tuesday evening when landfall on the coast of central Vietnam is expected to occur — but as Typhoon Doksuri had already impacted some of these areas last month, even the effects of a fast-moving weakened tropical depression can be amplified to cause potential widespread damage and loss of life.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to southern China, Hong Kong and central Vietnam over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

Summary

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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