Travel Alert: Tropical Storms Expected to Impact Hawaii and Japan
I f Hawaii or 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.
Although Hurricane Iselle is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it impacts the Hawaiian islands either late tomorrow or early Friday morning, the heavy rainfall predicted by meteorologists is expected to wash out roads and cause mudslides and localized flooding; while power outages and rough surf may be caused by the heavy gusts of wind…
…and once Iselle heads west of the Hawaiian islands on Saturday, Julio is a second hurricane waiting in the wings which could also impact Hawaii.
Meanwhile, Typhoon Halong is aiming to impact Japan — possibly as early as Saturday morning — with maximum sustained winds as high as 100 miles per hour upon landfall. Tokyo itself will be impacted minimally; but parts of southwestern Japan will experience the brunt of the storm with heavy rains and strong winds.
If you are traveling to Hawaii or Japan — which are expected to be affected by these tropical storms — 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.