Travel Alert September 2018: Typhoon Mangkhut Impacts Guam; Heads Towards Asia

If Guam and portions of eastern Asia 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 Mangkhut.

Travel Alert September 2018: Typhoon Mangkhut Impacts Guam; Heads Towards Asia

Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut heads west in the Pacific Ocean towards Asia after impacting Guam, which is outlined in purple with the Northern Mariana Islands. 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 1,025 miles east of southern Luzon and is moving west at approximately 12 miles per hour towards Taiwan, China and Hong Kong — are 160 miles per hour, with wind gusts as powerful as 190 miles per hour. That means that it is currently a super typhoon, with a classic symmetrical shape and a well-defined eye.

Its current path is forecast to eventually curve towards the west northwest south of Taiwan and north of the Philippines — those countries will be affected to an extent, with heavy precipitation predicted for Manila — before aiming straight for landfall near Hong Kong sometime on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

No fatalities were reported in Guam, which suffered from widespread power outages — as much as 80 percent of the island was without power earlier this morning — as a result of being impacted by Typhoon Mangkhut; and government offices are closed for today, Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Schools were closed yesterday.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Guam and portions of eastern Asia 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 three airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Guam and Saipan for Monday, September 10, 2018 through Thursday, September 13, 2018; and Wednesday, September 19, 2018 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 Sunday, September 16, 2018 through Monday, September 17, 2018; and Sunday, October 14, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Hong Kong Airlines has issued a travel alert for Hong Kong for Sunday, September 16, 2018 through Tuesday, September 18, 2018; and Tuesday, October 2, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as the storm closes in on Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and China.

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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