Travel Alert September 2020: Typhoon Dolphin to Affect Tokyo and Eastern Japan

If Tokyo and eastern Japan is in your travel plans over the next couple of 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 Dolphin.

Travel Alert September 2020: Typhoon Dolphin to Affect Tokyo and Eastern Japan

Typhoon Dolphin

Source: The Earth Observing System Data and Information System of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is located approximately 250 miles south southwest of the city of Tokyo and is moving northeast at approximately 14 miles per hour — are 74 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour, which means that Typhoon Dolphin is currently a minimal Category 1 typhoon.

Typhoon Dolphin will pass within very close proximity to the islands of Aogashima and Hachijo, which are already being affected by this storm. Tokyo, Yokohama, and Chiba are already experiencing the outer fringes of Typhoon Dolphin.

Wind damage and power outages — as well as torrential rainfall, localized flooding, a dangerous storm surge along the coast, and possible mudslides — are expected to occur.

The eye of this storm is expected to bypass the east coast of Japan and continue northeast out over the northern Pacific Ocean. Remnants of this storm could possibly affect eastern Russia later this week, while Typhoon Dolphin is being sheared to the point that remnants of this storm have reached the western Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

Western Japan will not be directly impacted by the storm; but it — as well as flights to and from it — may be affected.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Tokyo or eastern Japan over the next couple of 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 two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • All Nippon Airways has issued travel alerts for Sendai, Fukushima, Tokyo Haneda, and Hachijojima for Thursday, September 24, 2020 through Friday, September 25, 2020; 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 Tokyo Haneda and Sendai for Thursday, September 24, 2020; 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 Earth Observing System Data and Information System of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States.

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