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Japan braces for likely landfall from strong typhoon

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Japan braced on Monday for the arrival of strong typhoon Jebi as the storm churned north towards the islands, the latest in a series of harsh weather events to strike Japan this summer, meteorologists said.

Jebi - which means "swallow" in Korean - strengthened to super-typhoon status last week but weakened as it moved north and will likely be a Category 2 or 1 typhoon when it hits Japan on Tuesday, probably near the second-largest city of Osaka in western Japan.

Parts of western Japan are likely to see up to 300 mm (11 inches) of rain in the 24 hours to Tuesday morning, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said, with wind gusts of up to 216 km/h(134 mph) once the storm makes landfall.

Jebi's predicted course could bring it close to parts of western Japan hit by deadly rains and flooding that killed more than 200 people in July. However, it is set to speed up once it makes landfall, minimising the amount of rain that will fall in one place.

Japan has been hit by extreme weather since the beginning of July that included record-breaking heat as well as devastating floods and landslides. Typhoon Cimarron sliced across western Japan less than two weeks ago, dumping heavy rain before heading out to sea.

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Of course my workplace will sit on their thumbs until it's on top of us and then decide what to do.

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Be safe folks. We down here are pretty much used to storms like this and weather them with minimal damage.

Have your emergency goods ready, extra batteries, flashlights, non-perishable foods, water, etc, and stay indoors. Be safe!

Oh and to all the old guys...stay off the damn roof!

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Japan is now in typhoon season, and is regularly struck by major storm systems during the summer and autumn. Jebi is to follow Typhoon Cimaron, which made landfall on August 23 disrupting transport links, but injuries and damages were limited.

Hello? "is now in typhoon season"?....Hello?

We have been in typhoon season here in Japan since June.

Also please note, that autumn typhoons are typically much stronger due to increased ocean temperatures that feed the typhoons and make them more powerful and dangerous.

September is typically as well the time of year when typhoons get larger and stronger. But keep in mind, typhoons can occur at anytime of the year. I have experienced them as late as December, and they pop up as early as January or February as well. Just more active this time of year, due to conditions.

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YuBaRu: "But I wanted to see if it was COMING yet". Lol.

You know they're STILL going to do it.

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Of course my workplace will sit on their thumbs until it's on top of us and then decide what to do.

Yep. I'd say that's pretty much everywhere-

here's to hoping they'll give us all a day off for some much needed rest.

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Is it me or does it look like the paths of typhoons are always aiming for Japan on purpose. Like Japan is some kind of typhoon magnet. Like a boomerang trajectory, exactly over Japan. Anyway don't underestimate typhoons.

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Don't forget that Climate Change is upon us now and this type of event will only increase in number and in strength. The time to change our strategies has passed, now we much simply adjust to the new norm.

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People need to prepare for this storm. It is not crossing land, which would weaken it, so it will hit fairly hard. Good luck, and be ready, especially those in already waterlogged areas.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Again "my neighborhood".

So far we have always been lucky with Kochi-ken acting like an obstacle.

This time me too is a little concerned.

And Andy already said it: with climate change expect more like this in the future.

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Remember dragging yourself to work through a massive typhoon is the ultimate “gambarimashita”.

thumbs up
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Don't forget that Climate Change is upon us now and this type of event will only increase in number and in strength. The time to change our strategies has passed, now we much simply adjust to the new norm.

Driverless cars will save us.

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Is it me or does it look like the paths of typhoons are always aiming for Japan on purpose. Like Japan is some kind of typhoon magnet. Like a boomerang trajectory, exactly over Japan. Anyway don't underestimate typhoon

Right, and a few years back they all were seemingly drawn towards Taiwan, calling it the Typhoon Magnet then as well.

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Parts of western Japan are likely to see up to 300 mm (11 inches) of rain

Not to split hairs but, 300mm is not 11 inches! It is actually closer to 11.85 inches. 303mm equals 12 inches.

Japan is very lucky this typhoon didn’t keep its strength. If it made landfall at its original size it would have swamped the lower half of Japan.

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Remember dragging yourself to work through a massive typhoon is the ultimate “gambarimashita”.

Yep. Only to do jack all for the day.

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Well, Japan sits on the pacific. It just make sense it's where typhoon goes. The southeast always suffers the full force of these and luckily weakens by the time it goes to Japan. The

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AgentX* that’s not the point silly. ;)

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Just put the bed in the car. Usually use the train, but I’m gonna be prepared as my hospital is in another prefecture, over mountains.

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AgentX* that’s not the point silly. ;)

For sure!

I think risking your safety and/or car (depending how you travel to work), while your dwelling, pets, children, and worldly possessions sit vulnerable and unattended during natural disasters, just to stand by your colleagues and share in mutual suffering is upstanding, honorable and (shhhh) possibly a little (or maybe a lot) stupid...

But maybe I just don't have the Japanese work spirit.

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Coincidentally, I'll be doing just that tomorrow... good times!

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Seems like Japan is often in the track of Typhoons. Good luck!

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" Again "my neighborhood"."

Yup. The red line right now is right over my neighborhood. Ganbarou! Be careful.

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Knowing days ahead that a typhoon is bearing down on them, you’d think that supermarkets would think to lay on extra supplies of necessities. Not only demonstrating some of that quasi-mythical おもてなし, but also as an opportunity to pad their bottom line while at the same time catering to all those fretful worrywarts who, locust-like, insist on denuding supermarket shelves in anticipation of a disaster akin to the siege of Leningrad.

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Go to work, form a human ring around your place of employment, and proudly join coworkers in protecting it from the storm. Sheesh! Don't you know anything? Let's get with the program!

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