Travel Alert September 2017: Typhoon Talim to Affect Taiwan and Eastern China

If Taiwan and eastern China 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 Talim.

Travel Alert September 2017: Typhoon Talim to Affect Taiwan and Eastern China

Typhoon Talim

Typhoon Talim moves towards the island of Taiwan, 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 Talim — which is currently in the Pacific Ocean approximately 400 miles east of Taiwan and tracking northwest at approximately 13 miles per hour — are at 80 miles per hour, which means that it is currently equivalent to the classification of a Category 1 hurricane.

This storm is forecast to strengthen to the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane as it moves northeast towards southern Japan — but although landfall of this storm is not expected to occur on either Taiwan or eastern China, the effects of damaging winds, rough surf, strong rip currents, mudslides and flooding will be experienced by these areas. Up to twelve inches of rain could occur in some of the higher elevations of Taiwan; and portions of Taipei could receive up to six inches of rain. Power outages, fallen trees and road closures are possible.

Shanghai may experience some wind and rain from this storm, which could result in delays of flights.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from anywhere in Taiwan or eastern China 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 five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Taipei for Tuesday, September 12, 2017 through Thursday, September 14, 2017; and Sunday, September 17, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Eva Air has issued a travel alert for both airports which serve Taipei for Wednesday, September 13, 2017 through Thursday, September 14, 2017. Many flights have already been canceled. Contact the airline for information pertaining to changes in your itinerary.
  • Singapore Airlines has issued a travel alert for Taipei for Wednesday, September 13, 2017 pertaining to the rescheduling of two flights.
  • Hong Kong Airlines has issued a travel alert for Taipei for Wednesday, September 13, 2017 through Thursday, September 14, 2017 pertaining to the canceling and rescheduling of several flights.
  • Cathay Pacific Airways has issued a travel alert for Taipei for Wednesday, September 13, 2017 through Thursday, September 14, 2017; and Thursday, September 21, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin. Ten flights have already been canceled.

Summary

By the time Typhoon Talim reaches the islands of southern Japan, it is expected to be the equivalent to the classification of a Category 1 hurricane — but it could affect Kyoto and Tokyo as a tropical storm. If you plan on traveling to or from Japan over the coming weekend, keep yourself informed with the latest updates.

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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