Update: Super Typhoon Lan to Impact Japan October 2017

If Japan is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to seriously consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the effects from Super Typhoon Lan.

Update: Super Typhoon Lan to Impact Japan October 2017

Typhoon Lan

Super Typhoon Lan has developed a distinct eye as it heads north towards Japan. The southernmost islands of Japan are outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Typhoon Lan — which is the equivalent of a strong Category 4 hurricane currently located in the Pacific Ocean approximately 350 miles east of Kadena and moving north northeast at a speed of 20 miles per hour — are at 150 miles per hour; and the storm is expected to weaken to the equivalent of a strong Category 3 hurricane when landfall is expected to occur just south or east of Tokyo sometime on Sunday evening, October 22, 2017.

Portions of southern Japan have already been experiencing the effects of this dangerous storm, whose path is expected to pass right over Tokyo. Much of Japan is expected to be significantly impacted by rough surf, flooding, strong rip currents, windy conditions and significant rainfall of up to 12 inches in some areas. Mudslides and widespread power outages are also probable.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to 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 six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:


This is a dangerous storm and should be taken seriously — although it has picked up speed and is not expected to linger over Japan, which is good news; but damage is still expected to be significant. Expect expanded travel alerts to be issued from more airlines pertaining to Super Typhoon Lan; as well as airports to shut down in Tokyo and other cities in Japan.

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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