Typhoon Lan
Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Travel Alert October 2017: Typhoon Lan to Impact Japan

If 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 the effects from Typhoon Lan.

Travel Alert October 2017: Typhoon Lan to Impact Japan

Typhoon Lan
Typhoon Lan is churning in the Pacific Ocean as it heads north towards Japan. The northwestern Philippine Islands are outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Typhoon Lan — which is the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane currently located in the Pacific Ocean approximately 500 miles southeast of Okinawa and moving north at a speed of 9 miles per hour — are at 100 miles per hour; and the storm is expected to strengthen to the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane sometime today.

Although Okinawa is not expected to be directly impacted by Typhoon Lan, tropical storm force winds and significant precipitation are forecast to affect the southern Japanese island later today. The path of the storm is expected to pass right over Tokyo with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour after landfall occurs southeast of the city; and much of Japan is expected to be significantly impacted by rough surf, flooding, strong rip currents, windy conditions and significant rainfall. Mudslides and power outages are also possible.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

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

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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