Travel Alert September 2019: Typhoon Mitag to Affect Southern Japan

If the Ryukyu islands of southern Japan is 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 Mitag.

Travel Alert September 2019: Typhoon Mitag to Affect Southern Japan

Typhoon Mitag

Typhoon Mitag heads west northwest in the western Pacific Ocean before it turns northeast towards Japan. The northern Philippine islands and southern 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 568 miles east northeast of Manila in the Philippines and is moving west northwest at approximately 18 miles per hour — are 60 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour. Typhoon Mitag is currently a strong tropical storm. Its first landfall may not occur until it reaches South Korea sometime on the evening of Wednesday, October 12, 2019, when it is forecast to be a minimal Category 1 typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

The greatest threats from this storm include heavy precipitation, flooding, strong winds, rough seas, and possible mudslides along coastal areas. In addition to the islands of southern Japan, northern Taiwan, Shanghai and a small portion of eastern China, and western Japan are expected to be affected by what is forecast to be Typhoon Mitag as it passes by these areas while its eye remains out over the water. Once landfall is forecast to occur in South Korea, most of that country is expected to be affected by this tropical storm.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the Ryukyu islands of 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:

Summary

Expect more travel waivers to be issued by additional airlines as the storm not only strengthens but also affects other land areas over the next few days.

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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