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

Travel Alert September 2022: Typhoon Nanmadol Impacting Japan

The entire country will be affected.

If much of 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 Nanmadol, which was once a super typhoon that was classified as Category 5.

Travel Alert September 2022: Typhoon Nanmadol Impacting Japan

Typhoon Nanmadol
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 over southern Japan and is moving north at approximately 14 miles per hour — are 81 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 98 miles per hour, which means that Typhoon Nanmadol is currently a Category 1 typhoon.

The initial landfall of Typhoon Nanmadol occurred earlier today, Sunday, September 18, 2022 as a Category 3 typhoon in southern Kyushu, which is the southernmost island of mainland Japan. Typhoon Nanmadol is one of the top five strongest storms with which a landfall occurred in Japan since keeping records of landfalls of storms in Japan began in 1951. Greater than eight million people in the country were ordered to evacuate prior to the aforementioned landfall.

Wind damage and power outages — as well as torrential rainfall of up to 36 inches, localized flooding, a dangerous storm surge along the coast, and possible mudslides — are expected to occur.

The eye of this storm is expected to move along the western coast of Japan before continuing northeast across the northern part of the country and out over the northern Pacific Ocean. Remnants of this storm could possibly affect the western Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within much of 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 four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Tokyo-Haneda Airport and Tokyo-Narita Airport for Sunday, September 18, 2022 through Tuesday, September 20, 2022; and Friday, September 23, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued a travel alert for Tokyo for Monday, September 19, 2022 through Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
  • All Nippon Airways has issued travel alerts for 29 airports in Japan for Monday, September 19, 2022 through Tuesday, September 20, 2022; 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 26 airports in Japan for Sunday, September 18, 2022 through Monday, September 19, 2022; 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.

Final Boarding Call

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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