Typhoon Usagi Aims For Hong Kong; Landfall Predicted Within 12 Hours
If your travels include Hong Kong over the next couple of days, be advised that your travel plans may be interrupted by a tropical system heading in a west-northwesterly direction from the South China Sea.
According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the latest advisory for Typhoon Usagi — a tropical storm which has already been downgraded from the status of super typhoon — is that landfall is expected to occur to the east of Hong Kong and pass within 100 kilometers of Hong Kong later tonight and early tomorrow with strong winds, a significant storm surge, and the potential for heavy flooding.
The official Internet web site of Cathay Pacific warns that flight operations in Hong Kong will be affected — more appropriately, stop altogether — from 18:00 on Sunday, September 22, 2013 through September 23, 2013. FlyerTalk members post about how Typhoon Usagi is directly affecting their travel plans adversely with Cathay Pacific — but the airline will waive re-booking fees for all tickets issued worldwide regardless of fare type on or before September 12, 2013 for travel on Cathay Pacific between September 22 to September 24, 2013.
FlyerTalk members who planned to travel to or from Hong Kong on United Airlines also have been adversely affected by the typhoon.
I have not found other FlyerTalk discussions at this time concerning Typhoon Usagi, but it is a safe bet that if you are traveling on an airline other than Cathay Pacific and United Airlines to or from Hong Kong, you will most likely encounter similar travel disruptions. Delta Air Lines, for example, has issued a travel advisory where change fees for travel on or before October 5, 2013 to or from Hong Kong will be waived — although there still may be a difference in the cost of the fare of the re-booked flight.
The bottom line is if you can delay your travels to or from Hong Kong, do so as soon as possible. Check the advisories of your travel providers, including but not limited to airlines, hotels, rental cars and public transportation. Keep yourself updated and informed with the progress of Typhoon Usagi in order for you to decide what measures to take.
Have your travel plans been affected by Typhoon Usagi? If so, how?