Travel Alert: Tropical Storm Mindulle Set to Impact Tokyo and Half of Japan

I f Tokyo or portions of northern or eastern Japan 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.

Tropical Storm Mindulle Set to Impact Tokyo and Half of Japan

Tropical Storm Mindulle is currently heading in a northerly direction towards Japan southwest of Tokyo and is expected to directly affect the city of Tokyo; and despite the tropical storm status of the storm, the impact expected anywhere between Monday or early Tuesday morning could bring torrential rains, flash flooding, mudslides and potentially damaging winds.

Satellite image of Tropical Storm Mindulle. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Satellite image of Tropical Storm Mindulle. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in Tokyo or to cities in northern or eastern Japan — which are expected to be affected by Tropical Storm Mindulle — expect delays and cancellations. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to these tropical systems 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 will most likely be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in either of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems. Expect the operation of trains in Japan to be interrupted as well.

Three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of Tropical Storm Mindulle include but are not limited to:

  • Delta Air Lines currently has an alert for travel to Tokyo between now through Tuesday, August 23, 2016 where your ticket must be reissued on or prior to — and rebooked travel must begin no later than — Friday, August 26, 2016.
  • United Airlines has a similar travel waiver.

Summary

Contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — and please: travel safely.

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

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