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Rainfall is usually quoted in mm not cm. And 1000mm is 100cm, actually. Must be early morning fog on the brain. ;-)

38 ( +38 / -0 )

A competent writer or someone not trying to inspire fear would have expressed these as 10 cm and 6 cm.

Err, maybe you need to take Math 101 again?

32 ( +37 / -5 )

No Business; The overreaction is ridiculous, even by Japanese standards.

Pretty insensitive thing to say at such a time. I live directly across the street from Tama River have seen it reach close to the top 2 years ago. This one is expected to be worse. People prepared well, we get comments like yours, people don't prepared well enough and something happens, we get negative comments about that!! Yes, we are well prepared. Enough food, water and shelter for a couple weeks. If the levees hold, well then we don't need to go food shopping for a couple weeks. Win Win.

29 ( +36 / -7 )

The overreaction is ridiculous, even by Japanese standards.

Better safe than sorry.

26 ( +29 / -3 )

When you’re expecting 10CM of water and 1M flows down on you, you may have a problem.

23 ( +23 / -0 )

”the overreaction is ridiculous” Really? I’m from New Orleans. I can assure you with storms like this there is no such thing as an overreaction.

21 ( +23 / -2 )

This is poor writing or fear mongering. A competent writer or someone not trying to inspire fear would have expressed these as 10 cm and 6 cm.

Your lack of basic maths might see you at risk of flooding by a factor of 10.

20 ( +20 / -0 )

There's no overreaction. It's necessary to plan for the worst and hope for the best. I lived in Florida for 25 years, went through a number of hurricanes. Without repetitive warnings, complacency sets in. Better to be well-prepared always.

18 ( +18 / -0 )

Err, maybe you need to take Math 101 again?

> Rainfall is usually quoted in mm not cm. And 1000mm is 100cm, actually. Must be early morning fog on the brain. ;-)

Your lack of basic maths might see you at risk of flooding by a factor of 10.

Lmao! Agreed! Appreciate the corrections, even with the snark.

15 ( +16 / -1 )

Cracaphat, “getting people fired up to what end?”

To the end of saving lives, minimizing injuries to people, and property damage, as well as, in the possible aftermath such as power outages decreasing the stress and deaths that might occur.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

the overreaction is ridiculous? maybe you never encounter a typhoon before? i'm from Philippines and I can assure you when you meet one like typhoon Yolanda, there is no such thing as an overreaction.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Whether this typhoon is the Terror of Tokyo, stay safe everyone. (Even if you're mathematically challenged like me!)

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Chip Star - This is poor writing or fear mongering. A competent writer or someone not trying to inspire fear would have expressed these as 10 cm and 6 cm.

Wow! Guess you must have been sick the day they taught metric at school. 1,000 millimeters (3’4”) is 1 meter and 600 millimeters is 60cm (2’).

this storm is going to cause some major disruptions and probably a lot of damage to the greater Tokyo region due to its size and intensity. I stocked up a little on drinking water, foods, batteries and GasBomb cans for the cooker, just in case. I did notice quite a bit of stupid panic buying at the supermarket yesterday though. I saw one older couple with two shopping trollies full of bottled water. I guess they intend to bath in it.

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Yubaru

Okinawa is not affected by the typhoon this time. It is far from the mainland Japan where the typhoon is hitting directly. I know the tug of war at Kokusai Street in Okinawa by pictures. It is a wonderful festival. Okinawa's another big festival "Eisa" is held every year in July in Shinjuku, Tokyo too. I saw it and It was very exciting and the event gathers many people every year. Okinawa is hit by typhoons often every year and I see houses there are mostly built by stones in preparation for the strong winds while in mainland Japan, they are in many wooden houses. We must learn from Okinawa.

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Regarding the comment about the emptying of supermarket shelves I was thinking about this last night and went through the pantry. We usually try to keep 2 weeks of food and some water (pasta, rice, noodles, etc.) and some freeze dried stuff as backup. We then eat them down and replenish.

For water we have a Berkey filter which can take nearly any fresh water and produce something drinkable.

I noticed it is time to replenish.

Those of us living here in Japan are very used to living in such a convenient society. It is easy to be come complacent (sometimes we just get too busy).

This appears to be a very strong storm. The central barometric pressure is now 945hPa (it is weakening slightly as its lowest pressure was 915).

I have to agree with Cajun above (and some of the other posters). It is not wise to take this size of a storm lightly.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

The overreaction is ridiculous, even by Japanese standards.

I have to agree. However that being said, even down here, where we are more accustomed to these typhoons that up in mainland, things have been getting out of hand here too.

The pendulum has swung totally the "other" way, ever since the tsunami and earthquake in 2011. There never used to be this much hype and fear-mongering. Bringing up pictures and video of the destruction from back in 1958 is scarring people into thinking it's the end of the world.

There is no balance, it's either all or nothing, and the middle ground has been lost, to the media and everyone going apeshite over this typhoon.

Yes, prevention and planning are necessary, yet that should already be a given in a country where natural disasters are unfortunately the norm and should never be considered "unexpected".

8 ( +17 / -9 )

Overreaction? This is by most accounts the biggest storm to hit Japan since 1958. Do you not remember the photos of the destruction in Osaka/Kobe last year from a smaller cyclone? "Better safe than sorry." is the watchword.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

It is relatively lucky for salaried men and corporations the typhoon is coming on the weekend while all festivals are cancelled and tourists are disappointed.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Tokyo is very vulnerable to heavy rains and floods. During the Edo period, the imeperial place was close at hand to the Tokyo bay. Chiyoda-ku, Edogawa-ku, Koto-ku, Katsushika-ku, Chiyoda-ku and part of Ota-ku, Minato-ku and Shinagawa-ku were built on reclaimed lands of Tokyo Bay. They are called "zero meter areas" above the sea level.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

The rain has been patchy, not as heavy as predicted. I hope that’s a good sign.

I can even see a father and his toddler walking out in the rain, not sure that’s sensible.

There is no overreaction to typhoons of this size. Stay indoors and stay safe.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

This is looking like a real bobby-dazzler. I've got plenty of food in, Netflix cued up and fridge full of beer, so I'm just hoping the power stays on.

I do hope that, just for once, our octogenarian cohorts will stay off their roofs.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Not sure these flippant comments are appropriate. Some people have already lost their homes, others in evacuation centres . . .

6 ( +6 / -0 )

When things go really bad, the media often later gets blamed for not having given sincere or proper warnings, cracaphat.

If things do not pan out so bad, then people take less notice next time around, so the media has to crank up the hype to keep themselves covered. "We warned you!"

I guess we roll with it, and get quietly prepared for any eventuality.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Nice post,Derek.

Hope your fridge stays on and you enjoy Netflix.

Sucks that we have a typhoon like this so late in the season that is normally so nice in Tokyo.

Gotta make the most of it though and think I will be opening a can or two.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Absolutely pouring in Shizuoka.

the river behind my place is rising....

i feel like I’m in a Johnny Cash song.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued heavy rain emergency warnings for many parts of central and eastern Japan. The warnings are at the highest level on the agency's five-step scale. The affected areas are: Shizuoka Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Tamagawa river has reached flood level according to an emergency alert. Nogawa in Mitaka/Chofu etc is higher than I have ever seen it.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

NewTigers,

“Really hard to find decent live information in English.”

Have you tried NHK World? It’s got a grab bag of information. I don’t need the English so don’t pay much attention to English sources, maybe someone else has something better?

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Damn an earthquake too !!!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

It's rainy and windy in my area of Kansai, but the worst isn't expected until later this afternoon. I'll wait until the storm moves on before making comments about its severity.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Just talking about area covered, this typhoon is at least double the size of Typhoon 15 which badly damaged Chiba recently. See comparative maps.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20191008-00011101-weather-soci.view-001

4 ( +4 / -0 )

My son lives in Tokyo. He has a long-cherished (since high school - their relationship survived his five years in America!) girlfriend who still attends college there. I told him to get her over to his apartment and hunker down. When I was ending our call last night, I heard the doorbell ring. Sometimes typhoons are a bit romantic.

But be safe, all, whether in the metric or imperial scale.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Must be the calm before the storm here - it's barely even raining, and that just started.

Where's "here"? Been raining fairly heavily for a few hours out this way... Tachikawa.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

cracaphat,

“To be fair,the worry of the typhoon is really only for the Kanto area”

Tell it to the people whose homes have been flooded in Mie and Shizuoka Prefectures, neither of which are in Kanto. I’m sure they’ll be relieved to know.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Everyone please be safe.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Praying for the Emperor and Empress of Japan and the Japanese people. Keep them well and safe from harm.

I really don't think that the royal family are in any danger. The wider population probably could do with some divine protection, however.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

For those in areas subject to evacuation warnings or orders remember you should go to an evacuation center earlier, rather than later, preferably in the daylight. OR if you judge it too dangerous to make your way to an evacuation center, try to get as high up as possible in as sturdy a building as possible. If you are in a location that might be in danger of landslide, try to be on the opposite side of the building from the side a landslide might come from, as high as possible.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Surely you can find a way to entertain her and take her mind off things ;)

if you’re suggesting I dress up as a clown and show her my juggling skills, I’ve already tried - no dice.

yes, mods, we’ll get back on topic now....

4 ( +4 / -0 )

@No BusinessToday 07:06 am JST

The overreaction is ridiculous, even by Japanese standards.

I live in Chiba. 1 month ago, typhon n15 caused blackout and a lot of damages. 1 day blackout in my place, many days or weeks for others. Many people fear the same or worst this time. No overreaction. Just be prepared

4 ( +5 / -1 )

There were too many who downplayed this typhoon.

Prepare for worse, hope for the best.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

This is the closest I could find a site that have satellite feature for the hurricane, it will give you almost real time track of the eyewall of the storm, headed to Tokyo Google Meteoblue Tokyo Japan

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Getting serious in kanagawa,, sagami ono, a mate who lives on high ground in a newish mansion has been ordered to evacuate

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Flooding and power outages in parts of Mie and Shizuoka Prefectures.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Looking at the pic above. I think those who said people are overreacting needs to eat humble pie now.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

JMA Site slow to update... it was indeed a quake...

https://www.jma.go.jp/jp/quake/4/20191012092552393-12182205.html

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The whole of the Tokyo area is on emergency weather warnings.

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/warn/

OMG and an earthquake just happened, 5.7 mag in Chiba.

You guys must be posting from under your futons. Best stay there for the time being.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Level five (highest) heavy rain warning for Iwate Pre.

Flooding reported in parts of Saitama Pre.

Power out in various areas

Be aware that even after a heavy rain warning is lifted, there can still be a danger from mudslides, flash floods. And such depending on your location.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

12 Oct 0800 hours location Meguro Tokyo heavy rain and wind but sky is fairly bright nothing haven't seen before did not deter me from walking 5 mins to Family Mart for more wine, that would be cause for alarm.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Seeing a few comments regarding Shizuoka... whatever it is like, take care.

Same for everyone.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

i feel like I’m in a Johnny Cash song.

How high's the water, Pantah?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Not measuring in feet that’s for sure...

ha ha ha ha

if Zi had cows here I’d be moving them to higher ground..

ha ha ha ha

2 ( +2 / -0 )

please click the link. https://www.facebook.com/inquirerdotnet/posts/10158349665314453

There you can see destroyed house and vehicle in Ichihara, Chiba.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Getting pretty grim here with serious wind and rain...and yet there’s still work going on at the two-storey building being constructed next door.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Well Japan is Tokyo centric and due to all the media outlets being based in Tokyo it is just natural that the reporting will seem like over reaction to those away from Tokyo who constantly have typhoons.

When it snows in Tokyo resulting in chaos as usually the case the reporting by the media will be seen as excessive and over reaction in areas out of tokyo that usually have heavier and constant snowfall.

Wish everyone take care especially those in areas the typhoon is expected to hit.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Currently in Setagaya-ku (East side) and getting a bunch of evacuation messages due to the tamagawa river (west side). Really hard to find decent live information in English. I’m on the 2nd floor of a newish place, so should be fine, but it’s stressing my lady-friend out!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Please people be respectful and nice at this time of crisis. It is a serious storm and may cause a lot of damage and even injury. Pray for those in peril and be supportive and compassionate. I will hope for the best outcome for everyone. And remember the first responders, firemen, police and medical personell who will do all they can to help. I do hope for the best.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Bad tempered sod this one. Rattling my shutters while I’m trying to read.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Fifth (highest) level heavy rain emergency warnings now extended to wider area: Tokyo and Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Gunma, Yamanashi, Nagano, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Fukushima, Miyagi and Niigata prefectures.

Dams in Kanazawa Pre (Sagamihara) and Fukushima Pre (Iwaki City area) have or will shortly Do emergency release water. Other dams may do likewise so exercise extreme caution if you are in the path of one.

Several people have already lost their lives, please be careful.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Man swept away by river in Sendai, Miyagi. Entire city of Iwaki, Fukushima under evacuation order, dam there is releasing water. SDF assistance has been requested in Nagano and elsewhere.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

There was a tornado in one location.

Viewed photo's of destruction. Homes destroyed. Flooded streets. Power lines down. Fires. Earthquake.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Kansai area will get some constant rain but that's about it.Clearly with the typhoon heading Kanto's way it's a problem.What annoys me is the way the tv is sexing up the impending typhoon with proclamations of this and that.Showing recent and last year's strong typhoons to clearly scare-monger people.Telling us what it might do and just generally getting people fired up to what end?

Everywhere is shutting down for the day except for this school that's having an seminar if you want your child to go there. Can't have a chance for your child to enter unless you go today!

1 ( +4 / -3 )

@yrral - Thank you for the link. I had a look and it is really good and has alot of information and good information for people in the impact zone (Kanto) - I am going to bookmark it

https://www.meteoblue.com/en/weather-maps/tokyo_japan_1850147?variable=precipitation3h_cloudcover_pressure&level=surface&lines=none&mapcenter=35.6895N139.6920&zoom=6

1 ( +3 / -2 )

“It is relatively lucky for salaried men....the typhoon is coming on the weekend”

鬱病 spikes when typhoons strike on weekdays and companies which truly care about their personnel will always schedule a make up.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Where's "here"?

Oops, that point probably would have helped.

I'm at my in-laws' in Shizuoka.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Have you tried NHK World? It’s got a grab bag of information. I don’t need the English so don’t pay much attention to English sources, maybe someone else has something better?

yep, I’ve been hitting that up. I meant more like an English twitter feed with live updates as to what areas should evacuate/where to etc.

That said, I know the winds haven’t properly come yet but it’s been pretty tame where I am thus far. Lady friend is calming down and is now complaining of boredom. I can’t win here.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

“yep, I’ve been hitting that up. I meant more like an English twitter feed with live updates as to what areas should evacuate/where to etc.”

My (smallish and in Tohoku) city has a twitter account (with a link to it on the city hall’s official homepage), and nowadays I’d think many if not most cities do. However, it’s only in Japanese....

Anyway, good luck and stay safe!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Ah... no, it was the wind shaking my house a bit... and the full force of the storm hasnt even reached us yet... uh oh...

1 ( +1 / -0 )

@Educator60

Good posts.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Jimizo, Thanks, wish I could do more and more timely but am a bit too busy at the moment. Posting bits that might help someone somewhere helps relieve the tension as we wait days watching typhoons do their destruction as they work their way towards us up here in the north.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Flooding of Tamakawa river in Setagaya ward, Tokyo.

Also flooding in Sano City, and possibly other areas in Tochigi Prefecture.

People dead and missing in mudslide in Tomioka, Gunma.

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No Business; The overreaction is ridiculous, even by Japanese standards.

Still think people overreacted? Mine and wife's "overreaction" helped save our home and pets.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It is relatively lucky for salaried men and corporations the typhoon is coming on the weekend while all festivals are cancelled and tourists are disappointed.

Not "all" the Naha "Tug-of-War" (World's Largest) will be held in conjunction with the Naha Matsuri this weekend in Okinawa! The tug-of-war is scheduled for Sunday afternoon!

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Okinawa is not affected by the typhoon this time. It is far from the mainland Japan where the typhoon is hitting directly. I know the tug of war at Kokusai Street in Okinawa by pictures. It is a wonderful festival. Okinawa's another big festival "Eisa" is held every year in July in Shinjuku, Tokyo too. I saw it and It was very exciting and the event gathers many people every year. Okinawa is hit by typhoons often every year and I see houses there are mostly built by stones in preparation for the strong winds while in mainland Japan, they are in many wooden houses. We must learn from Okinawa.

Well, we are "affected" in that it has brought some, more than welcome, northerly winds, to keep things a bit cooler.

Our houses are not built by stones though, they used to be, back before WWII, they are mostly all steel reinforced concrete now.

Thank you for the sentiments and kind comments!

0 ( +4 / -4 )

No wind and and just some rain in Hyogo

0 ( +2 / -2 )

As long as most people don’t go out then it is usually safe.

People should stay at home and consume their noodles-it’s safer...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Well if my place is flooded we would be needing Noah's ark living on top of a hill.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

It's getting ridiculous...what's next, eruption of Fuji-san??

0 ( +2 / -2 )

For the Tourists visiting Japan this week, they've sampled :

Earthquakes

Typhoons

Volcanic Eruptions

What more can they wish to experience ?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Here we go... blackout in Katori area.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

It's getting ridiculous...what's next, eruption of Fuji-san??

Don't joke about it, I'll be half way up it in 12 hours

0 ( +0 / -0 )

several rivers flooded, so if you live close to a large river, stay indoors and check the announcements. I am watching nhk now, they give info un English as well

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It's now past central Tokyo, no major incidents noted here.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Live feed from Shibuya:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5U4AEiLt5U

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I can't talk about this without choking on the tears thinking about it bring to mind! How can politicians be so heartless as to ignore the pollution causing such Climate Change?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

In the end,all's well that ends well. An unfortunate loss of life,some damage of various kinds,but not on a justifiable scale to shut down,particularly the Kansai area, for a few drops of rain. And the "Better safe than sorry" line is as annoying as shoganai. Prepare for the morning the night before comes to mind.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Cracaphat, “In the end,all's well that ends well.”

Maybe it’s ended in your tiny world, but some areas are still under heavy rain or mudslide warnings, searches for bodies of the many missing are on-going, people are dealing with flooded and damaged homes and businesses....

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Stuck indoors all day today in Tokyo. Will have stress with no ability to jog or go to the gym. If the rain is too heavy I fear the toilets could backup which would be a nightmare, and also some risk of power going out but at least the temperature is comfortable.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Praying for the Emperor and Empress of Japan and the Japanese people. Keep them well and safe from harm.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Typhoons come and go regularly here. if a Game had been scheduled in one location and the Typhoon was overhead then naturally that game could be postponed by a day... this Rugby World Cup has been extended over more days than seemingly necessary... do players really need so much rest between games - injured players have backup players. I wonder if it's more about spectator numbers than anything else....

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

To be fair,the worry of the typhoon is really only for the Kanto area.But the idiot box was going on like it was the whole country lol.Rain's just about stopped here. Might go to the supa.Lol.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Must be the calm before the storm here - it's barely even raining, and that just started.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Little rain & wind in Shizuoka yesterday evening. Bit heavier later in Nagoya & somewhat heavier this morning, but nothing to cancel schools back home. Hope it doesn’t get worse. Likely last time Japan plays host to a Wold Cup.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

The overreaction is ridiculous

The emptying of supermarket shelves and hoarding is ridiculous and harmful.

Parents can't buy fish, meat, bread, milk, etc. etc. for their children since the panickers took everything.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

I am interested seeing that all the news is broadcasting is "Tokyo". I guess only #TLM (#Tokyolivesmatter)

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

To the end of saving lives, minimizing injuries to people, and property damage, as well as, in the possible aftermath such as power outages decreasing the stress and deaths that might occur.

When things go really bad, the media often later gets blamed for not having given sincere or proper warnings, cracaphat.

I'm fully aware,but my point still remains that the media lay it on thicker than it has to be.Unless you're a newborn or dgaf,we know how to behave by now.I feel for the rugby tourist fans who might come from countries that don't have this kind of weather back home. Gives 'em something to talk about when they return home though.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Typical overreaction by the news and media. Nothing more than some rain and wind here in Nagoya, yet they decided to cancel our Korea flight yesterday without even waiting to check. Glad everyone got all their bread and water yesterday!!

-14 ( +1 / -15 )

Up to 1,000 millimeters of rain is expected in the Tokai region, and 600 mm

This is poor writing or fear mongering. A competent writer or someone not trying to inspire fear would have expressed these as 10 cm and 6 cm.

The overreaction is ridiculous, even by Japanese standards.

Your crystal ball must be allowing you to see that nothing serious will occur. Amazing that you know more than the weather services.

-19 ( +13 / -32 )

The overreaction is ridiculous, even by Japanese standards.

-34 ( +20 / -54 )

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