Travel Alert September 2018: Typhoon Trami to Impact Japan

If Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and virtually all 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 Trami, of which landfall is probable as early as on Friday evening, September 28, 2018 somewhere along the Ryukyu islands of Japan.

Travel Alert September 2018: Typhoon Trami to Impact Japan

Typhoon Trami

Typhoon Trami heads 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 — as well as Taiwan 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 295 miles south-southeast of Naha in Okinawa and moving northwest at approximately 13 miles per hour — are 100 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 140 miles per hour. This Category 3 typhoon is expected to basically retain its strength after its first landfall…

…and it will remain a Category 3 typhoon as it turns north and then northeast along the spine of Japan, reaching somewhere near Tokyo as early as Monday morning, September 30, 2018.

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 three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

Summary

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as the storm closes in on Japan, as yet another typhoon is about to impact the country 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 Trami to Impact Japan”

  1. Whitney says:

    So sad for Japan to be hit by another natural disaster.

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