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Typhoon Malakas Causing Flight Delays, Cancellations in Taiwan

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 19, 2016

Typhoon Malakas Causing Flight Delays, Cancellations in Taiwan

Photo: Typhoon Malakas’ Projected Trajectory (Photo via @CNNWeather)

On Sunday, Typhoon Malakas made landfall in Taiwan with heavy rainfall and high winds that forced the cancellation of over 140 flights and left thousands of passengers stranded.

According to, Typhoon Malakas forced the Central Weather Bureau to issue a heavy rain advisory for portions of Taiwan as the storm began to make its way across the island en route to Japan.

In total, the Civil Aeronautics Administration reported 143 domestic flights were canceled due to the typhoon. The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was hit particularly hard, as 68 flights were canceled or delayed and 12,800 passengers were impacted.

Typhoon Malakas was registering sustained winds of 124 miles per hour and had already moved on its northeastward trajectory offshore toward Japan from Taiwan. The storm is expected to make initial landfall on the Ryukyu Islands Tuesday.

For Japan, heavy rain will be likely across southern and central portions of the island chain, with an average rainfall of 4-8 inches between Tuesday and Wednesday. Winds are expected to surpass 120 mph, but the storm is expected to weaken.

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