Travel Alert September 2017: Tropical Storm Mawar to Affect Hong Kong

If Hong Kong and southeastern portions of China 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 Mawar.

Travel Alert September 2017: Tropical Storm Mawar to Affect Hong Kong

Tropical Storm Mawar

Tropical Storm Mawar heads towards the coastline of China, which is outlined with purple lines. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Tropical Storm Mawar — which is currently in the South China Sea and moving north at a speed of three miles per hour — are at 50 miles per hour, with wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour. Landfall is expected to occur east of Hong Kong — somewhere on the Guangdong coast between Shanwei and Shantou — on Sunday, September 3, 2017 after 9:00 in the evening.

Due to the slow movement of this storm, significant flooding is expected to be the worst effect of this storm; but Tropical Storm Mawar is the third tropical system in two weeks to strike this area, which has already been adversely affected by Typhoon Hato — for which at least 12 fatalities and 240 injuries are blamed — and Tropical Storm Pakhar. Typhoon signal number 1 — which is the least of the alerts on a scale of 1 to 10 — was issued for Hong Kong even though the storm is not expected to cause a direct impact.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in Hong Kong or southeastern China over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter 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 two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Hong Kong for Saturday, September 2, 2017 through Monday, September 4, 2017; and Saturday, September 9, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Cathay Pacific Airways has issued a travel alert for Hong Kong for Friday, September 1, 2017 through Sunday, September 3, 2017; and Friday, September 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin. Included in this list of flight cancellations are 19 flights for Sunday, September 3, 2017; and one flight for Monday, September 4, 2017.
  • Hong Kong Airlines has not issued any travel waivers at this time; but delays and cancellations of flights are expected for Sunday, September 3, 2017.


If your travels were affected by Typhoon Hato and Tropical Storm Pakhar, please accept my apologies for not covering them and informing you of the travel alerts associated with them.

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.

4 thoughts on “Travel Alert September 2017: Tropical Storm Mawar to Affect Hong Kong”

  1. Gene says:

    I’m in a taxi to HKG now, and not a drop of rain!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I hope that nothing bad happens, Gene — but landfall of the storm is not expected until later tonight.

      Travel safely!

      1. Gene says:

        We departed about three hours after my original comment, and it was still calm at HKG. I’ve been following the storm for about a week and expected weather disruptions as late as yesterday. I am thankful we are now at KUL on time for our connection to LGK and our first St. Regis. I hope my spouse doesn’t like the St. Regis too much, as this brand is usually way out of our price range!

        1. Brian Cohen says:

          Thank you for the update, Gene — and I am glad you arrived in Kuala Lumpur safely for your connection to Langkawi.

          Why do I seem to see more St. Regis stays in your future…?!?

          Anyway, enjoy your trip!

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