Typhoon Trami Update September 30 2018: Japan Impacted; More Travel Waivers Issued by Airlines

At least 1,200 flights have been canceled; train service has been suspended in many areas; dozens of people have been injured; and hundreds of thousands more are without electrical power due to Typhoon Trami, of which another landfall occurred in Japan earlier this evening, Sunday, September 30, 2018 near Tanabe City in Wakayama Prefecture.

Typhoon Trami Update September 30 2018: Japan Impacted; More Travel Waivers Issued by Airlines

Typhoon Trami

Typhoon Trami heads northeast over Japan, which is outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Tokyo had been brought to a virtual standstill as millions of people had been urged to evacuate prior to the arrival of this storm, whose first landfall in Japan was near Okinawa.

Naha Airport on Okinawa was shut down on Saturday; while two runways at Kansai International Airport in Osaka — which had been closed for an extended period of time due to damage caused by Typhoon Jebi earlier this month — are closed until at least early Monday morning, October 1, 2018.

Strong winds, an inundating storm surge, and mudslides have caused widespread damage throughout parts of Japan. As much as 16 inches of rain fell in some local areas, causing significant flooding and roadways to become impassible. Some windows of skyscrapers were shattered or fell to the ground as a result of the strong winds, causing some injuries.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and other areas of Japan 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 as a result of this tropical weather system:

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.

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