Travel Alert October 2019: Typhoon Hagibis to Impact Japan

If Japan — including Tokyo and Yokohama — 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 Typhoon Hagibis.

Travel Alert October 2019: Typhoon Hagibis to Impact Japan

Typhoon Hagibis

Super Typhoon Hagibis heads north in the Pacific Ocean towards Japan. Some of the Bonin 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 located approximately 900 miles south of Tokyo and is moving north at approximately 18 miles per hour — are 160 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 195 miles per hour, which means that Super Typhoon Hagibis is currently still a Category 5 typhoon with a well-defined eye since it passed by the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam on Monday, October 7, 2019.

The first landfall of what should be a downgraded Typhoon Hagibis may occur on the coast of Japan near Shizuoka — not far southwest of Tokyo — on the afternoon of Saturday, October 12, 2019 with maximum sustained winds predicted to be no greater than 120 miles per hour.

Widespread wind damage and power outages — as well as torrential rainfall, localized flooding, a dangerous storm surge along the coast, and possible mudslides — are expected to occur.

As of now, Tokyo is squarely in the path of this storm.

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 ten 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.

2 thoughts on “Travel Alert October 2019: Typhoon Hagibis to Impact Japan”

  1. Winar says:

    even there is a storm, travelling still goes on..

  2. Helen Nunnally Mims says:

    The typhoon has passed and Air China cancelled the first flight out this morning (Flight 184) from Tokyo Japan. Now they are booking other travelers for the next flight out, but not the ones scheduled on the first flight. They told the passengers the only time they could book them is for the next flight that leaves Wednesday of next week. I will make sure this is reported EVERYWHERE! Their booklet states that if THEY have to cancel they will book hotel, provide transportation to the location and food. However, they are telling my son that it’s his problem not theirs and won’t even attempt to book him on a different airline in their airport; including their sister/brother/cousin airline in the “Star Alliance” family; Thai Airlines. This is terrible and I will be reporting them on FB, Twitter and everywhere else I can post this; they’re not even trying to accommodate him or contact their company!

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