Typhoon Mangkhut Update September 14 2018: Landfall in Philippines; Where To Next?

Typhoon Mangkhut has both weakened in intensity and increased its forward movement since it affected Guam three days ago — but that relatively good news is of little solace to residents and businesses along the northern Philippines, who are currently experiencing the wrath of the super typhoon after landfall occurred earlier today.

Typhoon Mangkhut Update September 14 2018: Landfall in Philippines; Where To Next?

Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut is currently over land northeast of Luzon in the Philippines, which is outlined in purple — along with Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is located approximately 270 miles north northeast of Manila and is moving west northwest at approximately 18 miles per hour towards Taiwan, China and Hong Kong — are 130 miles per hour, with wind gusts as powerful as 180 miles per hour. That means that it is currently still a super typhoon despite its weakening, although the definition of the eye has started to deteriorate.

Its current path is forecast to continue towards the west northwest south of Taiwan before aiming straight for landfall southwest of Hong Kong sometime very early in the morning on Monday, September 17, 2018. Hong Kong is expected to experience the effects of this storm.

Some portions of the northern Philippines will be deluged with as much as 36 inches of rain and result in significant flooding. Destructive winds, mudslides, landslides, storm surges and strong rip currents — as well as downed trees and power lines — are also likely.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the Philippines and portions of China and Vietnam over the next few 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 seven airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Guangzhou, Kaohsiung and Hong Kong for Sunday, September 16, 2018 through Monday, September 17, 2018; and Sunday, September 30, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Hong Kong for Saturday, September 15, 2018 through Monday, September 17, 2018; and Friday, September 21, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued a travel alert for Hong Kong for Sunday, September 16, 2018 through Monday, September 17, 2018; and Monday, September 24, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Philippine Airlines has cancelled flights in northern Luzon for Friday, September 14, 2018 through Saturday, September 15, 2018; and passengers of cancelled flights may either rebook within 30 days from original travel date — with rebooking service fees waived — or use other options, which include flight rerouting and refunding of ticket cost.
  • Cathay Pacific Airways has issued a travel alert for Hong Kong for Sunday, September 16, 2018 through Tuesday, September 18, 2018; and Sunday, October 14, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Hong Kong Airlines has completely suspended operations in Hong Kong for Sunday, September 16, 2018; and flights have either been canceled or delayed through Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Please refer to these specific travel wives and rebooking instructions for further detailed information.
  • China Airlines has issued a travel alert for flights between Manila and Hong Kong for Saturday, September 15, 2018 through Monday, September 17, 2018; and Friday, October 12, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

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.

2 thoughts on “Typhoon Mangkhut Update September 14 2018: Landfall in Philippines; Where To Next?”

  1. mpt says:

    Hi,
    If anyone can give some advice. I have an Alaska Award booking (biz 4 passengers) on CX departing US and arriving in HKG on Monday evening and departing HKG same night and arriving JNB on Tuesday morning. Its about 48 hours from the flight departure and CX sent me email saying “check in is available now”. No advice/notice on any cancellation.

    I checked Alaska partners and nothing is available from LAX – JNB through them (well maybe coach but its a very long away to go on coach).

    What are my options?

  2. JJ says:

    I changed my HX flight to LAX from Monday to today to get out just in time.

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