Travel Alert September 2018: Typhoon Jebi to Impact Japan

If Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and other areas of Japan 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 Typhoon Jebi, of which landfall is probable as early as on Tuesday morning, September 4, 2018 in eastern Shikoku.

Travel Alert September 2018: Typhoon Jebi to Impact Japan

Typhoon Jebi

Typhoon Jebi heads north northwest in the Pacific Ocean towards Japan, of which its southern islands — including that of Okinawa, which is the largest one in the satellite radar image — 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 375 miles east southeast of Kadena and moving north northwest at approximately 13 miles per hour — are 120 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 150 miles per hour. This Category 3 typhoon — which at one time had reached Super Typhoon status — is expected to deteriorate to a tropical storm after landfall…

…and despite predictions of it weakening prior to landfall, it will still be a formidably dangerous storm. When its center passes west of Tokyo, Typhoon Jebi is still expected to be the strength of a Category 1 hurricane.

The greatest threats from this storm include widespread damaging wind — which will likely result in fallen trees and power outages for up to several days in some areas — an inundating storm surge, heavy rainfall, flooding, and mudslides. As much as 16 inches of rainfall is possible in some local areas. Roadways may be impassible, and rail service will likely be disrupted. Some windows of skyscrapers could be shattered or fall to the ground as a result of the strong winds.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and other areas of 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 five airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:


This may not be the return of the Jebi — okay, sorry, poor Star Wars joke — but the unfortunate news is that yet another typhoon is about to impact Japan during this busy tropical weather season in the northwestern Pacific basin.

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.

One thought on “Travel Alert September 2018: Typhoon Jebi to Impact Japan”

  1. ANN WEYTS says:

    Bedankt voor de uitgebreide uitleg, eveneens voor de hints en tips!Weyts

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