Japan braces for powerful tropical storm during peak holiday period

By Charly Triballeau

Japan was bracing Wednesday for a severe tropical storm expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds during the peak holiday period, with dozens of flights and bullet train services cancelled.

The storm, named Krosa, is expected to churn slowly over western parts of the country, potentially affecting millions of people returning to major cities from their hometowns after the traditional Obon summer holidays.

Japan Airlines scrapped 62 domestic flights to and from airports in southern Japan on Wednesday.

"All the flights from and to Miyazaki and Tanegashima airports have been cancelled and partially for Amami airport," a spokesman told AFP.

All Nippon Airways, meanwhile, cancelled 34 flights for Miyazaki airport. Both airlines said they would decide later how many flights they will cancel for Thursday, when the storm is forecast to make landfall.

Meanwhile, West Japan Railway announced the cancellation of Thursday's shinkansen bullet train service between Osaka and southwestern Japan.

Krosa, which is packing maximum gusts of 144 kilometers per hour, was expected to hit the southwestern Shikoku on Thursday before moving across western Japan, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said.

The agency warned of the risk of landslides and flooding due to heavy rain.

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Take care, peeps.

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Stay safe everyone and please don't stay out of the beaches until its safe.

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Our local Kochi community centre is open for old folk. Best not to wait until it is dark.

Currently valid Warnings/Advisories.......Updated regularly

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Stay safe everyone and please don't stay out of the beaches until its safe.

I think you mean

stay off the beaches until its safe.

In Tatsuno, Shinmako Beach, the wind is up. Shutters closed. Garden stuff put away. potted plants moved in doors. Expect heavy rain and wind tomorrow.

The local evac centers are run and running.

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My old garage is made of rusted pipe and cracked and holed vinyl. Someone told me that if it gets lifted up in a strong gust and blown onto the highway I could be liable for any accidents caused. I have tied everything down, but I wonder how far such liability goes...

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check out your home insurance for third party liability. If it does survive this storm sounds like the right time to knock it down and install a car port.

Basically if you or your property hurts another, like a roof tile falling off, you or landlord if rented property, are liable.

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zichi - maybe he actually meant that! (^^)

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Thanks zichi. Very clear. Although rented property, the garage itself is something I put up many years ago. It definitely needs junking. Gives me kittens every typhoon season.

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Take care, peeps.

At least three people disagree with this sentiment. Repuganant.

Stay safe, everyone.

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"The local evac centers are run and running."

Perhaps you meant: The local evacUATION centres are UP and running...?

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From the forecasts and reports I have seen it looks like this will be pretty horrible as it doesn’t seem at the moment to be losing power.

Definitely batten down the hatches weather.

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We lost some large roof tiles last summer, including one of those massive oni-gawara 鬼瓦. Although everyone in the valley was given evacuation orders, the 'collapsing' local dam held up, and the house is on relatively higher ground besides, so we were very lucky.

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Our home is only 30 years old, and steel frame. It withstood last year's big typhoon (and earthquake, too) just fine. Only lost one hedge, and a tree was blown over. But I was able to right it, and it's still doing okay!

Living on the top of a hill also eases one's mind regarding flooding, as well. We save a little on homeowner's insurance by not requiring flood coverage.

I'm just annoyed that I might lose my flower and vegetable gardens, which is something I only got going recently. I hope I don't have to start over from scratch. It's too damn hot!

To all my West Japan JT people, good luck. And, may your internet connections remain unbroken.

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Liability: Your liability is extensive. Japan is not, yet, as litigious as The USA, but any injury or damage caused by any part of your property, or property you have control of, is your responsibility.

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The rain forecast of 1000 mm is crazy, all the Japanese residents in affected area should evacuate immediately.

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Nandakandamanda, “I could be liable for any accidents caused.”

Or it could be like a typhoon I experienced. The whole town and surrounding areas was littered with uncountable sections of mangled roof tin (with an occasional actual roof itself) and all sorts of other debris. It was impossible to tell which bits of tin were from which roofs. As far as I know, no one tried to hold anyone responsible for anything.

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Educator60, this too is true. Thanks for the new angle on it.

To weigh it down I have tied the garage uprights to the car inside, and also to surrounding trees... if the old car lifts away we’ll know how strong the winds are!

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The typhoon seems very powerful, as the wind is very strong even in S. Korea and the waves are fierce in the coast. Heavy rain is expected in the eastern part of S. Korea. I am going to stay in the western part.

And there are always a few people who dare to have a BBQ party outdoors when the typhoon approaches. It is rare, but ubiquitous.

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Rain water seepage in the kitchen, which was an unexpected headache.

Still, that's minor stuff compared to what could happen. Stay safe, all.

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Osaka probably won't cop the brunt of it, but there's a bit of wind around. Was watching the planes land at Itami last night, and it's one of those days when the pilots' training really comes in handy. Planes were wobbling about and dong those fascinating crab landings. Very impressive.

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bring it. the Sea of Japan coast needs some damp love

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So far, a big bust in Kita Osaka. A little drizzle this morning. Some light breezing all day. Fine by me.

I don't mind having wasted my time battening down everything, if it means my garden is left unscathed.

But, my phone alert sounded a little while ago. So, maybe it's still on its way. It's just taking its damn time getting here.

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