Travel Alert June 2018: Tropical Storm Prapiroon to Affect Southwestern Japan and Korean Peninsula

If extreme southwestern portions of Japan and 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 Tropical Storm Prapiroon, which is expected to strengthen to typhoon status.

Travel Alert June 2018: Tropical Storm Prapiroon to Affect Southwestern Japan and Korean Peninsula

Tropical Storm Prapiroon

Tropical Storm Prapiroon forms in the Pacific Ocean as it heads northwest before turning north towards the Yellow Sea. 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 located approximately 450 miles south-southeast of Okinawa and is moving slowly to the west-northwest — are 40 miles per hour, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. This system is expected to strengthen to a typhoon — forecast with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour — as it passes just west of Okinawa before weakening to a strong tropical storm once landfall is expected in southern South Korea sometime during the early morning on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

Seoul is expected to be impacted by the tropical storm, as portions of the city can receive as much as eight inches of rain; while portions of extreme southern and western South Korea can be deluged with up to twelve inches of rain. The popular destination of Jeju is predicted to be one of the locations which will be impacted the most from the landfall of this storm, with strong winds in addition to the heavy precipitation. Flooding is expected as a result; and mudslides are also possible.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to extreme southwestern portions of Japan 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 three airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Okinawa Naha for Friday, June 29, 2018 through Sunday, July 1, 2018; and Monday, July 2, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Cathay Pacific Airways has not yet issued a travel alert for Okinawa; but expect one to be issued at any time as the airline is monitoring the weather situation.
  • Japan Airlines has not yet issued travel alerts for Hokkaido and Okinawa; but expect one to be issued at any time as the airline is monitoring the weather situation.

Summary

Expect additional airlines to issue travel alerts within the next 48 hours — especially as the storm approaches the Korean Peninsula — and if or when that happens, 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *