Travel Alert August 2019: Typhoon Lekima Threatens China

If Shanghai and surrounding areas of coastal eastern China 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 Lekima.

Travel Alert August 2019: Typhoon Lekima Threatens China

Typhoon Lekima heads north northwest in the East China Sea towards China, which is outlined in purple — as are Taiwan and the southernmost Ryukyu Islands of Japan. 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 160 miles northeast of Taipei and moving north northwest at approximately 13 miles per hour — are 110 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 150 miles per hour. This Category 3 typhoon — which was a super typhoon only yesterday when it impacted the Ryukyu Islands of Japan — may likely continue weakening to a strong tropical storm by the time it reaches Shanghai, as the center of the storm is expected to pass directly over or near the city sometime on early Sunday morning, August 11, 2019.

The greatest threats from this storm include winds strong enough to be capable of destruction — which may result in fallen trees and power outages in some areas — heavy rainfall, flooding, and mudslides. As much as 12 inches of rainfall is possible in some local areas — especially in China south of Shanghai and in portions of central and southern Taiwan.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Shanghai and other portions of eastern China 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 two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Shanghai for Friday, August 9, 2019 through Sunday, August 11, 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 a travel alert for Shanghai for Friday, August 9, 2019 through Sunday, August 11, 2019; and Sunday, August 18, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as the storm closes in on China in what was otherwise a quiet typhoon season up until this week.

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.

One thought on “Travel Alert August 2019: Typhoon Lekima Threatens China”

  1. Astrotalk says:

    Thankyou for reminding us such a dangerous Typhoon.

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