Travel Alert: Typhoon Koppu to Impact Northern Philippines; May Affect Taiwan and Other Parts of Eastern Asia
I f the Philippines, southeastern China, Taiwan and 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.
Typhoon Koppu is currently forecast by meteorologists to possibly be as strong as a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale as it strengthens over open waters. It is currently located east of the northern part of the Philippines; and is expected to eventually curve towards the north — which is good news…
…but areas as far south as Manila are expected to be impacted by the storm, which is forecast to rapidly increase in strength while slowing down in speed as it closes in on Luzon in the northern Philippines. This could mean extended periods of damaging wind in excess of 125 miles per hour and days of torrential rainfall — possibly up to two feet in accumulation — that will most likely lead to flooding, which could potentially threaten lives.
Pounding surf along the northeastern coast of the Philippines will most likely occur due to rough seas.
The storm could move slowly enough that it may remain over the northern Philippines from Sunday — when landfall is expected — through Tuesday. Once the storm departs from the Philippines, it is expected to weaken considerably as it heads in a northerly direction — possibly impacting southeastern China, Taiwan and perhaps Japan — but it is still expected to bring torrential rains, which can impact travel plans.
Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, you may want to consider postponing or canceling your trip, as it might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.
If you have a flight scheduled, your flight could 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.
Consider contacting your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels as this situation progresses. Travel advisories may be issued where you can change or cancel your itinerary and possibly receive a full refund where applicable — free of charge.
One discussion already exists on FlyerTalk related to both Typhoon Koppu and Tropical Storm Champi — Delta Air Lines already issued a travel advisory for Saipan in the Mariana Islands…
…and please: travel safely.
Source of graphic: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.