Travel Alert: Typhoon Noru Threatens Southern Japan

You may want to consider delaying your travel if Japan is in your travel plans over the next several days — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather as a result of Typhoon Noru, which is currently in the Pacific Ocean east of the East China Sea as a Category 1 storm heading northwest — but it could strengthen prior to landfall.

Travel Alert: Typhoon Noru Threatens Southern Japan

Typhoon Noru heads across the Pacific Ocean towards southern Japan, which is outlined with purple lines. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Typhoon Noru was once a super typhoon whose strength was equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane — but even though it has significantly weakened to the point that sustained winds are currently at 86 miles per hour, it could strengthen to the equivalent of a Category 2 storm as it moves over the warm water of the East China Sea, where winds are light.

Some areas of southern Japan are expected to experience strong wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour; a significant storm surge; dangerous seas; and torrential rains of up to 12 inches — and substantial flooding as a result.

Although Tokyo is not expected to bear the worst of the brunt of Typhoon Noru, it could still be affected by the storm with possible heavy rain — enough to prompt at least one airline to issue a travel alert for both major international airports which serve the greater Tokyo metropolitan area.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in Japan — including Tokyo — over the next week or so, expect delays and cancellations. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical 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, as ground transportation options are expected to be disrupted by the effects of the storm.

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 any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are two airlines which have issued travel alerts for several days starting from Saturday, August 5, 2017 as a result of Typhoon Noru:

Summary

Expect more airlines to issue travel alerts as a result of Typhoon Noru moving closer to southern Japan.

The aforementioned alerts widely vary by airline; so 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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