Travel Alert August 2019: Tropical Storm Krosa to Affect Southern Japan

If southern 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 Tropical Storm Krosa.

Travel Alert August 2019: Tropical Storm Krosa to Affect Southern Japan

Tropical Storm Krosa heads northwest in the western Pacific Ocean towards southern Japan, which is 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 located approximately 400 miles south-southeast of Iwakuni in Japan and is moving northwest at approximately eight miles per hour — are 50 miles per hour. This tropical storm may likely strengthen minimally with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour by the time it reaches the Kinki, Shikoku and Kyushu regions of southern Japan sometime on Thursday, August 15, 2019 — although the possibility exists that the tropical storm may briefly become a minimal typhoon prior to landfall.

The greatest threats from this storm include heavy precipitation, flooding, strong winds with gusts of up to 80 miles per hour, rough seas, and mudslides. As much as 12 inches of rainfall is possible in some local areas.

Both Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have already canceled at least 100 flights.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to southern 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 five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Fukuoka, Kansai, Nagoya and Osaka for Wednesday, August 14, 2019 through Thursday, August 15, 2019; and Monday, August 19, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for Nagoya and Osaka for Wednesday, August 14, 2019 through Thursday, August 15, 2019; and Sunday, August 18, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Fukuoka, Nagoya and Osaka for Thursday, August 15, 2019 through Friday, August 16, 2019; and Monday, August 19, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • All Nippon Airways has issued travel alerts for 24 airports in Japan for Wednesday, August 14, 2019 through Thursday, August 15, 2019; and tickets may be reissued for rebooked travel, but no specific final date has been given. If you are affected, call the airline for specific information.
  • Japan Airlines has issued travel alerts for 27 airports in Japan for Wednesday, August 14, 2019 through Thursday, August 15, 2019; and Monday, August 19, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

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.

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