Travel Alert August 2018: Typhoon Soulik to Affect the Korean Peninsula

If Seoul and other areas of the Korean peninsula 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 — due to Typhoon Soulik, of which landfall is likely along western South Korea as early as late Thursday evening, August 23, 2018.

Travel Alert August 2018: Typhoon Soulik to Affect the Korean Peninsula

Typhoon Soulik

Typhoon Soulik heads north northwest in the Yellow Sea as it passes to the west of the island of Jeju and turns north towards the Korean peninsula. Japan, China and South Korea are outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is currently centered approximately 100 miles southwest of the island of Jeju and is moving north northwest at approximately 11 miles per hour — are 90 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 100 miles per hour; and it will pass to the west of the island of Jeju, which is expected to be deluged with up to one foot of rain. This Category 1 hurricane — which at one time reached Category 3 — is expected to weaken to a tropical storm at the time of landfall.

Up to six inches of rain are expected from this storm, which will result in flooding. Damaging wind gusts are also expected, at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour may be possible in Seoul. Dangerous coastal inundation is expected on the mainland over the next few days.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Seoul and other areas of South Korea and the Korean peninsula 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 — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

Summary

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.

3 thoughts on “Travel Alert August 2018: Typhoon Soulik to Affect the Korean Peninsula”

  1. Arthur Blakemore says:

    Already 4 tourists are missing in Jeju, schools closed in Seoul tomorrow(Friday). Still only a pleasant breeze in Busan.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you for the update, Arthur Blakemore. I appreciate it.

  2. We are not getting any Information about Disasters that will occur infront of us without reading or writing. Can the Weather forecast from Scientist who wants their Families stay for longer Life at any places will start intimating People about Disaster occurence by Clips or photos. Thanking

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