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AMERICAS

Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, will track near the coasts of South Carolina, North Carolina, and southeast Virginia today and tomorrow.

Tornado watches are in effect for parts of northern South Carolina and eastern North Carolina today after several apparent tornadoes touched down this morning.

Storm Surge Warnings (a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline within the warning area during the next 36 hours) are in effect from the South Carolina coast to Poquoson, VA, including the Pamlico and Albemarle, sounds and the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers in North Carolina, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington, Morehead City, Nags Head and Hampton Roads.

Hurricane Warnings (hurricane-force winds are either already occurring or are expected within 36 hours) are in place for the entire coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina, including Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including Hilton Head Island, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington, Morehead City, and Nags Head.

Tropical Storm Warnings (tropical-storm-force winds are expected within 36 hours) are currently in effect from the North Carolina/Virginia border north to Chincoteague, VA, including points along the Chesapeake Bay south of Smith Point, as well as inland locations in eastern Georgia, eastern South Carolina, eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.

Tropical Storm Watches (tropical-storm-force winds are possible within 48 hours) has been put in effect from Chincoteague, VA to Fenwick Island, DE, including Salisbury and Ocean City. A Tropical Storm Watch is also in effect from Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach, MA, including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Bahamas
Inbound travel to Abaco, Berry, Bimini, and Grand Bahama islands should be deferred due to catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Dorian. Travelers on these islands should continue to stand fast today. Dorian moved away from the Bahamas on September 3 and the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) rescinded all storm warnings the following day; however, damage to critical infrastructure continues to complicate rescue and relief efforts. Reports indicate that at least 45% of homes on Grand Bahama and Abaco have been severely damaged. Widespread electricity and telecommunications outages also persist.

Brazil
Today, travelers in Sao Paolo should anticipate disruption and delays associated with a transportation union demonstration. The demonstration is due to begin at 8:30 AM local time in front of City Hall in Viaduto do Chà. A related strike is also being discussed for tomorrow but is yet to be confirmed. The protest is being organized against a reduction in bus fleets announced by the city government.

Chile
Today, travelers in Santiago and other urban centers should avoid protests called by more than 50 civil society groups and workers’ unions. Further details of the gatherings are not available, but these may take place outside government buildings, in public squares or on major thoroughfares. Potential protest locations in Santiago include Plaza de la Constitucion. Isolated clashes between protesters and police are possible, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
 

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Congo (DRC)
Today, travelers in Lubumbashi should avoid areas affected by ongoing unrest targeting South African interests. Police have reportedly used live ammunition to disperse looters at a South African shop near the intersection of the N1 Motorway and Avenue Mama Yemo; one person was injured. Demonstrators at the South African Consulate on Avenue Lumumba blocked access to the building. The unrest is linked to recent xenophobic violence in South Africa. Travelers should avoid all such gatherings.

Jordan
Today, travelers in Amman should reconfirm routes during a planned teachers’ protest at the Fourth Circle. Authorities have blocked access to the Fourth Circle on various routes, including Highway 35/15. Reports are also emerging of tear gas being used to disperse protesters at the Fifth Circle. The Jordanian Teachers’ Association has organized the rally to demand higher salaries. Organizers say the protest will not conclude until all participants have reached the Fourth Circle.

Mozambique
Travelers in Maputo should monitor developments following unruly demonstrations on the EN4 Motorway near Matola yesterday. Protesters blocked sections of the road, which links Maputo with South Africa, to denounce the recent xenophobic violence in that country. Protesters blocked vehicles with South African registration plates before police dispersed the gathering. Further demonstrations are possible as regional tensions remain heightened. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes prior to setting out to minimize delays and any exposure to violence.

Nigeria
Today, travelers in Lagos should anticipate and plan journeys avoiding a planned demonstration due to the potential for unrest. Supporters of the Coalition of Human and Civil Rights Organizations will gather to demand the release of detained human rights activist Omoyele Sowore. Participants will march from Ikeja to the State Security Service Command Headquarters in Shangisha. Additional protests in other urban centers are possible and should also be avoided.

South Africa
Today and tomorrow, travelers in Cape Town should anticipate heightened security and associated disruption during the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa Summit. The event will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC). Protests by various groups are likely during this period and may result in local unrest. A demonstration by women’s rights activists at the CTICC entrance was forcibly dispersed by security forces after participants tried to storm the venue yesterday. A similar rally to raise awareness of violence against women is under way today, moving from Parliament to the CTICC.

Sudan
Today, travelers in Khartoum should avoid a planned “March of Millions” protest due to the risk of unrest. Protesters will gather at 12:00 PM local time near the southern entrance to al-Qurashi Park and march along al-Qasr Avenue. The rally has been called for by civil society groups to demand the establishment of a free and independent judiciary in the country and the appointment of Abdelgadir Ahmed as its new head.

Zambia
Travelers in Lusaka should exercise caution and anticipate heightened tensions linked to xenophobic unrest in South Africa. Yesterday, student-led demonstrations turned violent after protesters burned tires outside the High Commission of South Africa, while protesters vandalized a number of South African-owned businesses. Tensions are likely to remain heightened and may prompt further demonstrations. There is a credible risk of unrest as security forces are liable to forcibly disperse any unauthorized or unruly gatherings.
 

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Regional
On September 7, passengers transiting Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption on routes leading to the facility. Protesters plan to cause congestion around the airport and Lantau Island beginning at 1:00 PM local time. This may include disrupting the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and the passage of airport buses, taxis and other vehicles, in an attempt to delay travelers and prompt the cancellation of flights. A similar airport “stress test” occurred on September 1, resulting in flight cancellations and delays.

Afghanistan
Today, an explosion in Kabul occurred at approximately 9:30 AM local time near Massoud Circle and Abdul Haq Square targeting the National Directorate of Security (NDS). At least ten people were killed. Security forces have blocked road access in the vicinity of the affected area as they conduct investigations. The Taliban has since claimed responsibility for the attack, which was directed at a convoy of foreign forces entering the NDS facility.

China
Travelers in eastern regions should plan journeys accounting for disruption during the passage of Typhoon Lingling. According to the Chinese Meteorological Administration (CMA), the typhoon will primarily affect provinces along the eastern coast, including Fujian, Jiangsu and Zhenjiang today and tomorrow. It will then move north towards eastern Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces, bringing heavy rain and strong winds on September 8-10. Short-notice disruption to flights is possible, including at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Dalian Airport (DLC).

India
Floods due to heavy rainfall have affected several states. Health risks associated with flooding include injury, diarrheal disease, skin infections, insect-borne diseases, and seasonal influenza. Food and water shortages are possible. Travelers should remain alert and follow the advice of local authorities.

Today, travelers in Mumbai and surrounding areas, including Navi Mumbai and Thane, should minimize movement due to torrential rainfall yesterday which resulted in significant disruption on several main thoroughfares and suburban train services. Additionally, flights were delayed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM). A Red Alert (the highest level in a four-tier warning system), issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), is in effect. Travelers should reconfirm the feasibility of journeys before setting out.

Indonesia
Today, travelers in Jakarta should expect heightened security measures and associated disruption during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match. The game, between Indonesia and Malaysia, will start at 7:30 PM local time at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium. Authorities have announced the deployment of 11,000 security personnel to the vicinity of the stadium, which is expected to host up to 80,000 people. Additional security measures, such as road closures, are likely. Travelers should exercise caution and avoid all gatherings as a precaution.

Travelers in Papua and West Papua provinces, including Jayapura, should continue to expect and avoid all demonstrations related to ongoing ethnic tensions. While the internet ban has been gradually lifted in several regencies, tensions remain high, and short-notice unrest remains possible. Notable flashpoints include the anniversary of a 1962 agreement that transferred the region’s administration to the UN on September 21 and the anniversary of separatist activists’ 2011 declaration of the so-called West Papua federal republic on October 19.

Japan
Today and tomorrow, travelers on the Ryukyu islands should plan journeys accounting for disruption during the passage of Very Strong Typhoon Lingling. Today, the weather system is forecast to move west of Ryukyu, mainly affecting Miyakojima, Ishigaki and Okinawa islands, before traveling north. While Lingling is not expected to make landfall, strong winds and heavy rain will continue to affect travel.

Taiwan
Today and tomorrow, travelers in Taiwan, including Taipei, should continue to plan journeys accounting for disruption during the passage of Typhoon Lingling. While Lingling is not forecast to make landfall in Taiwan, its outer bands triggered Heavy Rain Warnings for Keelung City, New Taipei City, Taipei, and Yilan County today. Rainfall can also be expected in nearby districts in central and southern parts of the island. Short-notice disruption to flights is possible, including at Taipei’s Taiwan Taoyuan International (TPE), Taipei Songshan (TSA), and Hualien (HUN) airports.

Turkey
Tomorrow, travelers in Istanbul should expect disruption in the vicinity of the Justice Palace in the Sisli district. Canan Kaftancioglu, the Istanbul Chair of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), is appearing in court in connection with charges that she insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the state, spread public hatred, and created propaganda for terrorist groups in a series of old social media posts. The protest is slated to begin at 9:00 AM local time.

Vietnam
A fire was reported in a warehouse in central Hanoi on August 28. Some people have reported symptoms due to suspected exposure to chemicals. Anyone in the affected area should follow the advice of local authorities. Travelers should minimize exposure to the affected area and seek medical help if symptoms develop.
 

EUROPE

Bosnia & Herzegovina
On September 8, travelers in Sarajevo should expect heightened security and associated disruption during a planned LGBTQ Pride parade. The event will begin at 12:00 PM local time from the Everlasting Fire Memorial to Parliament Square. According to local sources, counter-demonstrations are planned, though specific details are unavailable. Similar events in the past have been the target of discriminatory violence. Travelers should plan journeys bypassing the event as a precaution and to minimize delays.

Portugal
Between September 7-22, travelers should anticipate fuel shortages and related disruption during a strike by fuel-tank drivers affiliated with the SNMMP union. The industrial action is likely to impact fuel supplies to public transportation companies, gas stations, fire services, and ports. Affected cities include Lisbon, Porto, and Faro. During a previous work stoppage, fuel shortages were reported at several airports, including Lisbon Portela (LIS) and Faro (FAO), with the latter having to use emergency reserves. Travelers should reconfirm transportation arrangements and ensure that their vehicle has sufficient fuel to complete journeys.

Russia
Today, travelers in St Petersburg should avoid an election-related protest at 7:00 PM local time at Lenin Square. The gathering is being held to demand free and fair elections, and denounce alleged violations in recent Municipal Elections, among other issues. While authorities have approved the gathering, all election-related demonstrations should be avoided.

Today, travelers in Samara should avoid a planned protest in Rodina Park. Participants will gather at 6:00 PM local time to demand free and fair local elections on September 8 and draw attention to an array of socio-economic issues. Travelers should avoid the gathering due to the risks posed by indiscriminate arrests and related unrest.

United Kingdom
On September 9, 10 and 27, passengers of British Airways should monitor developments and reconfirm flights due to a planned strike by the airline’s pilots over a salary dispute. The industrial action by the BALPA pilots’ union is likely to cause significant disruption, with the airline confirming “thousands” will be impacted.

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