Travel Alert July 2018: Tropical Storm Maria Affects Guam; Japan, China and Korean Peninsula On Alert

If Guam or the Mariana Islands 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 Tropical Storm Maria, which is expected to eventually strengthen to typhoon status as it heads towards Japan, China and the Korean Peninsula.

Travel Alert July 2018: Tropical Storm Maria Affects Guam; Japan, China and Korean Peninsula On Alert

Tropical Storm Maria

Tropical Storm Maria heads northwest towards northeastern Asia. Guam 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 has just passed over the northern part of Guam and is moving northwest at eight miles per hour — are 60 miles per hour. This system is expected to possibly strengthen to a powerful typhoon as it heads back out over the open waters of the Pacific Ocean towards northeastern Asia.

Heavy rain and strong winds will be the main factors of this storm as they impact Guam. All flights for today, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 have already been delayed or canceled.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Guam or the Mariana Islands 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 — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

Summary

I am keeping an eye on this storm system — and if it threatens to significantly impact Japan, China or the Korean Peninsula, I intend to pass the updated information along to you.

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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