Travel Alert September 2017: Typhoon Talim to Impact Japan

If Japan is 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 Impact Japan

Typhoon Talim

Typhoon Talim turns towards the north in the East China Sea between eastern China and the southernmost islands of Japan, which are outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Since the most recent update posted here at The Gate, maximum sustained winds of Typhoon Talim — which is currently in the East China Sea approximately 195 miles west of Kadena in Japan and tracking towards the north northwest at six miles per hour — are at 140 miles per hour, which means that it is currently equivalent to the classification of a Category 4 hurricane. The storm has an eye which is well defined and has become more symmetrical as it strengthened.

The southwest Ryukyu Islands already bore the brunt of this storm; and greater than 18,000 homes already lost power in the city of Miyako, which experienced a wind gust of 108 miles per hour and the most rainfall within 24 hours in greater than 40 years.

Typhoon Talim is forecast to weaken to the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane as landfall is expected to occur in southern Japan sometime on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Kumamoto and Hiroshima are two of the cities which are expected to experience the most significant impact of this strong storm in the form of damaging winds, as much as ten inches of rainfall, flooding, mudslides, rough surf, and strong rip currents. Power outages, fallen trees and road closures are possible.

The southernmost portions of South Korea are expected to experience some of the effects of this typhoon — including rough seas, gusty winds and rain.

Although the typhoon will weaken rapidly after landfall occurs due to the mountainous topography of Japan and is forecast to increase its speed as it moves northeast, cities such as Kyoto, Tokyo and Sapporo are expected to receive significant amounts of precipitation and gusty winds.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

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

  • Delta Air Lines has issued travels alert for five airports in Japan for Friday, September 15, 2017 through Monday, September 18, 2017; and Friday, September 22, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travels alert for seven airports in Japan for Friday, September 15, 2017 through Monday, September 18, 2017; and Friday, September 22, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • American Airlines has issued travels alert for Gimhae and eight airports in Japan for Friday, September 15, 2017 through Monday, September 18, 2017; and Friday, September 22, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • All Nippon Airways has issued travel alerts for nine airports in Japan for Saturday, September 16, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017; and Wednesday, September 27, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • China Airlines has issued a travel advisory with which several flights have either been postponed or canceled.
  • Japan Airlines has issued a travel alert for the Nansei Islands for Friday, September 15, 2017 pertaining to irregular operations; but no further information was available at the time this article was written.
  • Cathay Pacific Airways has issued travel alerts for seven airports in three countries in total; but the travel waiver guidelines have not yet been updated at the time this article was written:
    • Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo and both airports which serve the greater Shanghai metropolitan area for Friday, September 15, 2017.
    • Jeju, Busan, and Fukuoka for Saturday, September 16, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Summary

The busiest air route in the world may be affected by this storm.

Especially when definitive information has not yet been released, 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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