A few travelers are seen at JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka Thursday, after bullet train operations were halted for the day between Kokura and Shin-Osaka stations in western Japan due to a powerful tropical storm. Photo: KYODO
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Nearly 600,000 advised to evacuate as tropical storm makes landfall

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By Elaine Lies

Heavy rains lashed parts of western Japan on Thursday as tropical storm Krosa made landfall, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and trains as authorities advised more than half a million people to evacuate.

Authorities warned the total rainfall in some areas could surpass 1,000 mm in 24 hours to Friday morning and advised some 584,100 people to evacuate as some rivers were verging dangerously close to flood stage.

Krosa, a Khmer word for crane, was packing sustained winds of 108 kmh and gusts up to 144 kmh when it made landfall in Hiroshima Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

"Given the predictions of record rains and high winds, we'd like to ask people in the affected areas to avoid going outside if they can, and to make early preparations to evacuate if needed according to directions of the local authorities," Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary, told a news conference.

Despite the rain, there was no flooding, but 16 injuries were reported. One elderly man was in a critical condition after slipping off a wharf and falling into the sea.

More than 200 people died in torrential rains and flooding in parts of western Japan in 2018, areas that could also be hit by severe rains from Krosa - memories that some people said remained far too vivid.

"Given what happened last year, I came here really early," one elderly man at an evacuation center in Kure, which was badly hit in 2018, told national broadcaster NHK. He lost his home and is still living in temporary housing. "I never want to go through things like last year again."

Eighteen people, including a five-month-old baby, became trapped on Wednesday when a river rose suddenly as they were having a barbecue. None were injured and they were rescued, draped in blankets, by noon on Thursday.

The shinkansen bullet train service was halted in one part of western Japan, as were all local train lines, and several highways were closed. A total of 679 flights were cancelled, NHK national television said, snarling travel plans for thousands at the end of Japan's main summer holiday period.

"My flight got cancelled today, and without any trains running, there isn't anything I can do," one man told NHK.

Hot air brought to Japan by the storm sent temperatures soaring in parts of northern Japan, with one part of Niigata prefecture hitting 40.7 Celsius by early afternoon. Meanwhile, the eastern part of the country continued to swelter through a heat wave that has seen high temperatures stuck above 31 Celsius in Tokyo since July 24.

Eighty people have died from the heat in the two weeks from July 29, with 31,100 taken to hospital.

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The rain and wind seem to be avoiiding the Hanshin area, despite everyone on telly telling us it's lashing down right now. We drove back from my mother in law's earlier. No traffic, the roads were like the ones you see in car ads.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Now the rain comes to Osaka liddite. Since a bit after 4. The worst tonight.

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Luddite,

Yeah,

The Japanese media 'Cry wolf' too often.

I can recall many a time where the news has been reporting about an ominous approaching typhoon with the reporter standing on a beach wearing a helmet,ranting incessantly with exaggerated arm movements while the waves in the background were more placid than at my local pool,not a cloud in the sky and the trees as unwavering as a Coldstream guard.

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Spitfire

I don't know what Japanese media you watch/read. As far as the media I watch and read, Japan Today included, the level of cation is more than appropriate and nothing near sensational.

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Emergency Preparedness is the focus and I thank all Governments and Municipalities who set aside a big budget for it. Forwarned is Forarmed and this can save lives. Kudos Government of Japan.

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The rain and wind seem to be avoiiding the Hanshin area, despite everyone on telly telling us it's lashing down right now.

Well, its absolutely pouring down in my part of Hanshin. The wind is strong and the rain is getting harder by the minute. I am not sure if its dangerous but I feel content to be sitting at home, nursing a single malt, without any thought of heading out in the car.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

ALL of the weather sites on the Net were warning about the typhoon, not only NHK or JP news/weather orgs. (As an example, the "JT" article above is just a wire story from Reuters.)

NHK and JP media have been no more hysterical than any other regarding this storm.

BTW, I'm digging the way the storm has turned out so far. It started raining heavily about an hour ago. But, no wind. My yard gets the water. And, nothing gets blown over/away. Sweet.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Not much happened in Tatsuno, some rain, some wind, temp dropped to 27.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Big bust. Nothing. We had more wind earlier this week. Very little rain. Could have left everything out on the deck no problem at all. Local trains are running without issue. People stuck due to JR closures are wondering why right now they are stuck. Tomorrow will be a mess for travelers.

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Eighteen people, including a five-month-old baby, became trapped on Wednesday when a river rose suddenly as they were having a barbecue.

That's just bad planning & not paying attention to the weather.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Eighty people have died from the heat in the two weeks from July 29, with 31,100 taken to hospital.

Counter-intuitively, this relatively weak typhoon may actually be saving lives.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

At least typhoons keep people at home...

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Garypen, so long as the rail doesn’t wash any seeds or plants out of the soil, it will do them good. Provided you get some sun after you may get a bumper crop! Silver lining?

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During every typhoon, we have a number of posters who think if there is no wind or rain where they are, there is no storm, and no preparation is necessary.

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Farmboy

During every typhoon, we have a number of posters who think if there is no wind or rain where they are, there is no storm, and no preparation is necessary.

We prepared for the storm. Stocked up on Tuesday. Beer, sake, water, ice cream.

Baked bread and made tandoori chicken, tandoori large prawn. Made a beef stew with potatoes.

Closed all the metal shutters and turned the ac on. Checked out the nearest evac center.

It's Bon vacation anyway.

We enjoyed ourselves but in the end we only got rain and some wind.

After the rain soaking will mean I will need to weed the garden in the next day ot two.

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@ farmboy

Well 4 people out of 2 articles sure is a number ...

@ zichi

Do you have a generator ? Your ice cream would be screwed in there was an electricity shut down.

According to JMA, it is going to follow Japan coast then land in Japan again in Hokkaido.

North of Osaka heavy rain, not much wind in the front part but the back part is more windy.

So stay safe everyone.

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No I don't have a generator and don't need one. I guess if I lost my power I would just eat my ice cream.

I lived here more than 25 years through two major disasters Kobe/Tohoku and many others but never once lost my power.

Having emergency supplies includes food, water, medicine, torches etc but never a generator. Don't even know a single person with one.

Did get a warning from KEPCO to watch out for down power lines

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Stay safe, friends. It's fairly windy here, shutters are making noise and I can't get much sleep.

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How’s the weather around Osaka area near Namba, schedule to land Kansai Airport on 8/18. Plan to do some one day trip nearby, last time I checked the storm is moving NNE, hopefully everything is back to normal when I land, my only concern is Shinkansen service to Tokyo, I want to spend 4 days there next week.

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if I lost my power, I would just eat my ice cream.

Best line of week.

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EXMIUWU103

you will be good. Tokyo is hot.

Good weather site

https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/japan/osaka/ext

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We prepared for the storm. Stocked up on Tuesday. Beer, sake, water, ice cream.

Baked bread and made tandoori chicken, tandoori large prawn. Made a beef stew with potatoes.

Closed all the metal shutters and turned the ac on. Checked out the nearest evac center.

You're so great

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Pissed down during the night, the window frames in the living room always leak in heavy rain, but luckily we put out pans before going to bed.

The approaching typhoon was a great excuse for us to leave the Obon tedium early. It's mostly just sitting around watching awful telly and lots of passive aggressiveness about what to eat, who's going shopping and who's going to cook it.

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