Travel Alert September 2019: Typhoon Lingling to Affect South Korea and the Ryukyu Islands of Southern Japan

If the Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan and 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 Lingling.

Travel Alert September 2019: Typhoon Lingling to Affect South Korea and the Ryukyu Islands of Southern Japan

Typhoon Lingling

Typhoon Lingling heads north in the western Pacific Ocean towards South Korea. China and the southern Islands of Japan 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 141 miles west of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan and is moving north at approximately 13 miles per hour — are 140 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 165 miles per hour. This typhoon is expected to retain its strength by the time it reaches southwestern South Korea sometime on late Saturday afternoon, September 7, 2019, when it is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm. Portions of eastern China may be affected as well.

The greatest threats from this storm include heavy precipitation, flooding, strong winds, rough seas, and possible mudslides. As much as 12 inches of rainfall is possible in some local areas.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to southern 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 six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Okinawa for Tuesday, September 3, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Tuesday, September 10, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Seoul for Friday, September 6, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Saturday, September 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Seoul for Friday, September 6, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Sunday, September 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Seoul for Friday, September 6, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019; and Saturday, September 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued a travel alert for Seoul for Friday, September 6, 2019.
  • All Nippon Airways has issued a travel alert for Okinawa Naha for Friday, September 6, 2019; and tickets may be reissued for rebooked travel, but no specific final date has been given. If you are affected, call the airline for specific information.
  • Japan Airlines has issued travel alerts for nine airports in Japan for Friday, September 6, 2019; and tickets may be reissued for rebooked travel, but no specific final date has been given. If you are affected, call the airline for specific information.

Summary

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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