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Japan braces for strongest storm this year

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It's more coincidence than anything else, mainly due to the way the high pressure systems are located off Japan this year.

I am slightly confused by this statement. How could it not be a coincidence?

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Well, the geniuses of the world couldn't do anything to stop the last typhoon, but maybe they can stop this one...

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People in Kanto area don't have to worry since it will be weakened into tropical storm by the time it reaches there.

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I hope it weakens rapidly before reaching land and just blows over quickly.

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I was sincerely praying that it would go west. I guess I have to deal with it.

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I'm currently in the process of stockpiling massive volumes of alcohol in my apartment should this thing turn ugly. Keep your heads down, JT folk - stay safe.

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I was sincerely praying that it would go west. I guess I have to deal with it.

I was lighting candles and broke out the ouija board too. Same thing.

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Stay safe Okinawa. Thinking of you all there. The eye is going right over by the looks of the track.

http://www.jma.go.jp/jp/typh/1419l.html

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Yeah, it looks like Okinawa is going to get hit hard. I wonder what the trains in Tokyo will be like on Monday.

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These typhoons with Chinese sounding names should be changed. I feel like we are being invaded. Who the heck comes up with these names? I prefer the Japanese numbering method.

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It's a holiday on Monday in Japan. A good day to be off.

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@gelendestrasse

Yeah, it looks like Okinawa is going to get hit hard. I wonder what the trains in Tokyo will be like on Monday.

I was just about to make the same statement as Vernie Jefferies... We'd rather it arrived on Tuesday... (for an extra long weekend !

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These typhoons with Chinese sounding names should be changed. I feel like we are being invaded. Who the heck comes up with these names? I prefer the Japanese numbering method.

Agree. I don't like long gibberish names. Number is very familiar and international to all people and easier to remember which one was the worst or biggest in that year.

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My university classes were cancelled last Monday and classes are scheduled for this Monday despite the holiday. This will be a tough call for my university. Could be watching the NFL two weeks in a row!

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They are not "gibberish" names for many in this area of the world.

It sounds like Okinawa will get the worst of it. Stay safe from storm surge and here's hoping there's no more bad landslides on the mainland!

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Title should be "Okinawa braces for strongest storm this year"

If it is weakening to rain when reaching mainland Japan, what is there to brace for?

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"I was sincerely praying that it would go west."

Don't you like the Chinese? Nyuk nyuk!

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Hope there would be no loss of lives this time. In addition, i t won't mess up our Monday's schedules in Tokyo area.

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If it is weakening to rain when reaching mainland Japan, what is there to brace for?

Severe flooding and landslides, as in previous typhoons.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2011/sep/05/typhoon-talas-japan-in-pictures

In 2011, Typhoon Talas, later downgraded to a tropical storm, dropped 1000 mm of rain in 72 hours in the Kii peninsula. Typhoon Talas was followed by Typhoon Roke, just 19 days later. You've probably never experienced anything like that, or you wouldn't be asking this question. Typhoons really bring out the bubble mentality in people: "it wasn't windy in my area"....

When people know that kind of damage can occur, it's not out of place to suggest they "brace" themselves when a storm is coming. It means nothing more than get ready, this might be bad. Emphasis on might.

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I've already secured my tools on the roof. I'd like to point out that it's dangerous to climb up a ladder in a high winds and rain carrying things. Take care.

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Typically, nothing is mentioned about how climate change is making these super storms much more deadly, as the the United Nations meteorological agency says. It is always just "unusual weather". Seems like just too much unusual weather around the planet recently to ignore that the pieces go together into one puzzle that provides a dire picture of what is too come more frequently if we keep consuming without limits.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-14/climate-change-making-super-typhoons-worse/5090724

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mitokomonalexOct. 10: "These typhoons with Chinese sounding names should be changed. I feel like we are being invaded. Who the heck comes up with these names? I prefer the Japanese numbering method."

A good suggestion. Weather events are objects, not personalities. Names are confusing while number letter IDs are more efficient. Also number IDs skip any regional undertones, these are serious dangerous storms for everyone.

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I love Japan. Wish you all the best there!

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Typically, nothing is mentioned about how climate change is making these super storms much more deadly, as the the United Nations meteorological agency says.

While I'm one of those who believe the current trend of global warming is due to excessive production of greenhouse gasses by homo sapiens and the rapid elimination of systems designed to scrub greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere (i.e. the clearing of the rain forests) by homo sapiens, even I think that we need to track more severe weather along with increased global temperatures before we can start correlating the two together. Of course, by the time the proof is irrefutable, it will probably be too late to do anything about it.

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Yawn....weakening as we speak.

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I'm currently in the process of stockpiling massive volumes of alcohol in my apartment should this thing turn ugly. Keep your heads down, JT folk - stay safe.

Better test it first. You wouldn't want to be stockpiling dodgy grog.

This storm will be APOCALYPTIC. It will LITERALLY ravage umbrellas and TEAR headwear from its victims. Japan will never be the same. Or probably not.

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Typhoon Vongfong? Can't they at least give it a name Japanese people can pronounce?

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Typhoon Vongfong? Can't they at least give it a name Japanese people can pronounce?

Of course, most Japanese can pronounce it, but forget it very soon. Number can get very easily relevant with each typhoon. It means number remind people of what kind of typhoon came.

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