Travel Alert September 2020: Typhoon Haishen to Directly Impact South Korea

If South Korea — including Seoul — and western 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 Haishen, whose landfall is expected to occur sometime as soon as tomorrow morning, Monday, September 7, 2020 near the city of Busan on the southeastern coast of South Korea.

Travel Alert September 2020: Typhoon Haishen to Directly Impact South Korea

Typhoon Haishen

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 110 miles south of the city of Busan and is moving north northwest at approximately 20 miles per hour — are 110 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 125 miles per hour, which means that Typhoon Haishen is currently an extremely strong Category 2 typhoon on the threshold of Category 3, with a well-defined eye since it passed approximately 60 miles to the west of the island of Okinawa.

Landfall of this storm will be the third one experienced by South Korea within a week, thanks to both Typhoon Maysak and Typhoon Bavi.

Widespread 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.

As of now, the eye of this storm is expected to pass east of Seoul before it continues northward into North Korea and northeastern China — but the city will still feel its effects.

Western Japan will not be directly impacted by the storm; but it — as well as flights to and from it — will be affected, as flights have already been canceled. Greater than 810,000 people across four prefectures in southwest Japan were ordered to evacuate; and almost 320,000 people are currently without electric power.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to South Korea or western 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 five 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 Typhoon Haishen progress over the coming 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 Earth Observing System Data and Information System of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States.

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