Travel Alert: Taiwan Braces for Impact as Typhoon Soudelor Aims for Taipei

f Taiwan or portions of 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.

Typhoon Soudelor is currently heading in a west-northwesterly direction towards Taipei — which is the capital of Taiwan — and the impact expected later today could be devastating, with torrential rains, significant damage and flash flooding as the sustained winds of 130 miles per hour of this storm are equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane.

If you are traveling to anywhere in Taiwan or to cities in eastern China such as Guangzhou — which are expected to be adversely affected by Typhoon Soudelor — expect delays and cancellations. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to these tropical systems 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 will most likely be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in either of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems. Expect the operation of trains in Japan to be interrupted as well.

Contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — and please: travel safely.

The following are discussions posted on Milepoint and FlyerTalk related to Typhoon Soudelor:

Weather map courtesy of AccuWeather.

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