Travel Alert September 2019: Typhoon Mitag to Affect Taiwan and Shanghai

If the Ryukyu islands of southern Japan, Taiwan, Shanghai and extreme eastern China 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 Mitag.

Travel Alert September 2019: Typhoon Mitag to Affect Taiwan and Shanghai

Typhoon Mitag

Typhoon Mitag heads northwest in the western Pacific Ocean on its way to Taiwan 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 302 miles south southeast of Taipei in northern Taiwan and is moving northwest at approximately 17 miles per hour — are 75 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour. The eye and symmetry of Typhoon Mitag have become more defined as it strengthened to what is currently a minimal Category 1 typhoon.

Its first landfall may either occur on the northern tip of Taiwan very early on Tuesday morning, October 3, 2019 — but if not, it could occur on the extreme eastern coast of China southeast of Shanghai sometime on the morning of Wednesday, October 4, 2019 as a minimal Category 1 typhoon; and landfall is significantly more likely when it reaches South Korea as a strong tropical storm sometime on the evening of Thursday, October 5, 2019, when it is forecast to be with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. Most of South Korea is expected to be affected by this tropical storm.

The greatest threats from this storm include heavy precipitation, flooding, strong winds, rough seas, and possible mudslides along coastal areas.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the Ryukyu islands of southern Japan, Taiwan, Shanghai and extreme eastern China 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 nine 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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