Travel Alert: Typhoon Haima Prompts Waivers Issued For Hong Kong

Y ou may want to consider delaying your travel if southeastern China is in your travel plans over the next several days — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather as a result of Typhoon Haima, which struck the northern Philippines and is currently in the South China Sea as a Category 2 storm heading northwest towards China.

Travel to the northern Philippines is also discouraged over the next week or so as the region recovers from the effects of Typhoon Haima.

Travel Alert: Typhoon Haima Prompts Waivers Issued For Hong Kong

Typhoon Haima 2016

Typhoon Haima heads across the South China Sea towards mainland China and Hong Kong. China, Taiwan and the northern Philippines are outlined with purple lines. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Typhoon Haima was once a super typhoon whose strength was equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane prior to landfall in the northern Philippines — meaning heavy rains, flooding, damaging winds, and rough high surf pounding the coastline. Widespread damage was reported in the northern Philippines; and despite greater than 90,000 people evacuating their homes and businesses prior to the arrival of the storm, at least seven fatalities have been reported.

Some areas of southeastern China are expected to experience strong wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour; a significant storm surge; dangerous seas; and torrential rains of up to 12 inches — and substantial flooding as a result.

Although Hong Kong is not expected to bear the worst of Typhoon Haima, strong winds of up to 60 miles per hour and torrential rains of up to four inches — as well as sporadic power outages — are still possible for the city and surrounding areas, as effects of the storm could be experienced as early as Thursday morning…

…and although the storm will weaken considerably after landfall on mainland China, it is expected to turn towards the northeast. The remnants of Typhoon Haima could adversely affect Shanghai with heavy rainfall and flooding by this weekend; so do not be surprised if travel waivers are offered by airlines which serve both major airports of Shanghai.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in the northern Philippines and mainland China — including Hong Kong — over the next week or so, expect delays and cancellations. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical 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, as ground transportation options are expected to be disrupted by the effects of the storm.

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 any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are five airlines which have issued travel alerts for Hong Kong as a result of Typhoon Haima:


The aforementioned alerts widely vary by airline; so 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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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