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:


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.

8 thoughts on “Travel Alert October 2017: Typhoon Lan to Impact Japan”

  1. Gilbert says:

    departing on Qatar this evening. You can feel weather moving in, but for the second year in a row- the typhoons have been two days behind me. I’ll take it.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Travel safely, Gilbert.

  2. Alicia says:

    My husband is leaving Japan on Sat 10/21 (there); is there any possibility that the storm could speed up and his flight could be affected? Thanks very much for any info in advance.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Landfall is expected in Japan on Monday, Alicia; but the effects of the storm will be felt before then.

      The storm slowed down a bit to seven miles per hour. That should give your husband a window of opportunity to leave — especially if his flight is due to depart in the morning on Saturday — prior to the effects of the storm to become too overwhelming for aviation when flights are canceled.

      I hope this helps — and that your husband travels safely.

  3. Mel says:

    My son is scheduled to fly out of Tokyo on Monday morning 10.30am.
    Do you think that it is likely that his flight will be affected, or cancelled? Do you think he should try to reschedule now or wait to see what happens?
    appreciate any feedback

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Your son should consider rescheduling his flight as soon as possible, Mel — especially if the airline has issued a travel waiver.

      Landfall of Typhoon Lan is expected during Monday evening south or east of Tokyo as the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane; and the effects of the storm will almost certainly affect flights by that time on Monday morning.

  4. Rick says:

    I arrived in Tokyo yesterday (Sat 10/21). I have colleagues flying in to Narita today on United 803. The flight is currently in the air and scheduled to land at Narita at 1530 (Sun, 10/22 Tokyo time). It looks to me like they may make it in before things get too bad. ; what do you think?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Your colleagues seem to have arrived at Tokyo safely, Rick — albeit 41 minutes late.

      I apologize for the belated response. Please stay safe while you and your colleagues are in Tokyo.

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