Only One Travel Alert Issued for Typhoon Doksuri?!?

Despite searching the official Internet web sites and social media channels of airlines which are based in countries such as Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, only one travel alert has officially been issued at the time this article was written pertaining to Typhoon Doksuri — and that is from Cathay Pacific Airways, which advises of flights that may be affected on Thursday, September 14, 2017 and Friday, September 15, 2017.

Only One Travel Alert Issued for Typhoon Doksuri?!?

Typhoon Doksuri

Typhoon Doksuri heads west in the Gulf of Tonkin towards Vietnam, which is outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

The maximum sustained winds of Typhoon Doksuri — which is currently in the Gulf of Tonkin and tracking west northwest towards Vietnam at 13 miles per hour — are at 105 miles per hour, which means that it is currently equivalent to the classification of a Category 2 hurricane. It is being called the strongest typhoon to strike Vietnam in years.

The Philippines — including Manila — already bore the brunt of this storm when it was still classified as a tropical depression. At least four fatalities and six people still missing as a result of the storm.

Typhoon Doksuri is forecast to weaken to the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane as landfall is expected to occur between the provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh in eastern Vietnam sometime on Friday, September 15, 2017. Because the storm is expected to bring damaging winds, heavy rainfall, flooding, mudslides, rough surf, and strong rip currents — resulting in power outages, fallen trees and road closures — thousands of residents of eastern Vietnam are being ordered to evacuate to higher ground. The effects of this tropical cyclone are already being felt along the eastern coast of Vietnam.

Clouds from the storm extend as far north as Hong Kong; and Hanoi may feel some effects in the form of rain and gusty winds.

Although the typhoon will weaken rapidly after landfall occurs due to the mountainous topography of Vietnam and is forecast to increase its speed as it moves in a west northwesterly direction, cities and towns in Laos and Thailand — such as Chiang Mai as one example — are expected to feel the impact of the storm even when it is downgraded back to the status of a tropical depression.


Note: This statement has been added to announce that Vietnam Airlines has finally official issued this travel advisory.

Although official travel advisories have been issued by the governments of such countries as Canada and the United Kingdom due to Typhoon Doksuri, I am rather surprised that only one airline has issued some semblance of a travel alert. Expect flight delays and cancellations if you are traveling to or from such places as Hanoi and Chiang Mai in central Vietnam, northern Laos and northern Thailand.

Especially as definitive information has not been released by most of the airlines whose flights may be affected by this typhoon, 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.

2 thoughts on “Only One Travel Alert Issued for Typhoon Doksuri?!?”

  1. When I saw Typhoon Doksuri, I thought it was near the Korean peninsula (“Doksuri/독수리” means “eagle” in Korean).

    Natural disasters are so scary since it just can’t be prevented. I feel so lucky and grateful that we live in a time where they can at least be forecast, giving people a chance to evacuate. =/ We are heading to SEA in October for our honeymoon (toward the end of typhoon season)… scary…!

  2. James Osborne says:

    I got a travel alert from Delta for my upcoming flight to Narita. It did not state that it’s for the typhoon but that I might need to change my flight and they may waive change fees.

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