Travel Alert July 2018: Typhoon Maria to Affect Taiwan and Eastern China; Impacts Ryukyu Islands in Japan

If Taiwan, eastern China and the Ryukyu Islands in Japan 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 Maria, which is expected to eventually weaken from its current Category 3 status as it passes north of Taiwan towards eastern China.

Travel Alert July 2018: Typhoon Maria to Affect Taiwan and Eastern China; Impacts Ryukyu Islands in Japan

Typhoon Maria

Typhoon Maria passes north of Taiwan as it heads west northwest towards eastern mainland China. Taiwan, China, and the Ryukyu Islands of Japan 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 passing north of the northern part of Taiwan and is moving west northwest at approximately 19 miles per hour — are 110 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 155 miles per hour. This system is expected to possibly weaken to a strong Category 1 or weak Category 2 typhoon as it heads closer to the eastern coast of mainland China. Fujian Province is where landfall of this typhoon is expected at this time; and it is forecast to occur sometime tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

The eye of the typhoon passed directly over the Japanese islands of Miyako-jima and Irabu with wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour.

Portions of northern Taiwan are expected to experience wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour and receive as much as ten inches of rain. Power outages and damage to some structures are possible.

While it was still a tropical storm, Maria affected Guam and the Mariana Islands last week. It then strengthened to become a Category 4 super typhoon before it weakened back to its current status of Category 3.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Taiwan, eastern China and the Ryukyu Islands in 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 seven airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

Summary

At the time this article was written, none of the airlines based in China have posted any travel alerts or notices.

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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