Travel Alert September 2018: Typhoon Kong-rey Threatens Japan and South Korea

If southern and western Japan and southern South Korea 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 Kong-rey.

Travel Alert September 2018: Typhoon Kong-rey Threatens Japan and South Korea

Typhoon Kong-rey

Typhoon Kong-rey heads north in the East China Sea towards Japan, of which its southern islands — including that of Okinawa, which is the largest one in the satellite radar image — as well as Taiwan and China 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 just west northwest of Okinawa and moving north at approximately 13 miles per hour — are 80 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 115 miles per hour. This Category 1 typhoon may likely weaken to a strong tropical storm as it heads towards the Yellow Sea, where it is forecast to threaten western Japan and southern South Korea — even though a landfall of this typhoon may not occur, as the center of the storm is expected to pass between the two countries sometime on Saturday morning, October 6, 2018.

The greatest threats from this storm include gusty winds — which may result in fallen trees and power outages in some areas — a storm surge, heavy rainfall, flooding, and mudslides. As much as 12 inches of rainfall is possible in some local areas — especially in southern South Korea.

Effects of this storm are expected to be felt between Seoul and Osaka.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to southern and western Japan and southern South Korea 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 two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

Summary

If a landfall of Typhoon Kong-rey occurs in mainland Japan, it will be the ninth tropical system — and potentially the eighth typhoon — to do so this year, which would be close to the record of ten landfalling typhoons during a single season in 2004.

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as the storm closes in on Japan and South Korea 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.

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