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Typhoon Kanun kills two in Okinawa, injures at least 62

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By Elaine Lies and Satoshi Sugiyama

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It’s pounding? Or it’s just very windy stay safe.

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Very sorry to hear of the two deaths. The elderly woman's circumstances were unusual though.

If you need to fix any rooftop aerials on the main islands of Japan now is the time to do it. Not once the typhoon hits.

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Shocking news. Hearts out to all in Okinawa - stay safe.

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 sea water temperatures are so far normal, he said.

Nothing to worry about then.

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the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that they no longer forecast it to directly hit China.

This typhoon was NEVER forecast to "directly hit China" No meteorological agency anywhere made such a forecast!

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The storm is predicted to make a sudden, sharp turn to the east on Friday and start heading for Japan's main islands - a situation that a JMA official said was unusual.

It will FIRST head back to Okinawa, as of now, between Okinawa and Amami, and then turn towards Shikoku, where it may or may not make landfall.

Storm warning are in effect for late Friday and all day Saturday in Okinawa and Amami.

Kagoshima prefecture itself, outside of Yoron and Amami area, has NOT been affected directly by this typhoon YET.

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https://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/articles/-/1197892

https://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/articles/-/1197704

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the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that they no longer forecast it to directly hit China.

This typhoon was NEVER forecast to "directly hit China" No meteorological agency anywhere made such a forecast!

Actually I believe both China and the JMA said it earlier this week, and before the turn eastward became clear it did look possible.

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Nothing to worry about then.

Dozens of people injured and fatal victims by the typhoon are proof that there is plenty to be worried about for those areas that are still in the area predicted to be affected.

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Its sad to read that you have people who lived a good life well into their 80-90's to be taken away so suddenly by the force of nature.

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I want to retire there, but Partner says no because of the danger

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Rodney - good choice of a place to retire to. There is no danger. Just stay home in a typhoon.

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I want to retire there, but Partner says no because of the danger

If your partner is fearful of Okinawa because of typhoons, their "fear" is misplaced. Mainland Japan is far more "dangerous" potentially, due to natural disasters, than anywhere in Okinawa.

Typhoons are only "dangerous" if you go outside when you shouldn't, drive around, when you shouldnt be, climb on the roof when you shouldnt, and a few other things. But, if you stay inside, in a typical Okinawan building, steel reinforced concrete, you will be fine!

The old guy who died, had a prefab metal/wood frame building collapse on him during the storm, it was supposedly his garage, and it didnt look all that sturdy in the first place. That's a sad story, and probably totally preventable death too. But things happen.

There are a lot of folks who retire in Okinawa, dont let typhoons scare you.

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Dozens of people injured and fatal victims by the typhoon are proof that there is plenty to be worried about for those areas that are still in the area predicted to be affected.

No need to worry about the sea water temperature. You're promoting fear mongering again.

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No need to worry about the sea water temperature. You're promoting fear mongering again.

Again, people died and dozens were affected, and at that point the typhoon still was a danger for others, having no sympathy for them is not an argument to say there is nothing to worry, it is just that, being inconsiderate of the losses and risks for others

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Again, people died and dozens were affected, and at that point the typhoon still was a danger for others, having no sympathy for them is not an argument to say there is nothing to worry, it is just that, being inconsiderate of the losses and risks for others

And this is related to no change in sea water temperature . . . .

Wait--it isn't.

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And this is related to no change in sea water temperature . . . .

Wait--it isn't

It is related to the record heat temperatures observed in Japan, it is well described how this increases the the severity and frequency of extreme weather events, such as this.

So saying that there is no need to worry is irresponsibly misleading and easy to demonstrate as false.

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It is related to the record heat temperatures observed in Japan, it is well described how this increases the the severity and frequency of extreme weather events, such as this.

Nothing in the article blames heat for the typhoon. Typhoons, by the way, have regularly been passing through Okinawa and other parts of Japan as far back as records are kept. So, that is a basic misunderstanding of the cause of this typhoon.

So saying that there is no need to worry is irresponsibly misleading and easy to demonstrate as false.

If you want to be scared by a yearly re-occurring natural weather event, I suggest don't visit Japan in the summer. We are used to it here.

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Nothing in the article blames heat for the typhoon

it is well described how this increases the the severity and frequency of extreme weather events, such as this. You ignoring something that is by now common knowledge do not justify expecting it to be repeated in every article.

If you want to be scared by a yearly re-occurring natural weather event, I suggest don't visit Japan in the summer. We are used to it here.

Again, people died and dozens were affected, and at that point the typhoon still was a danger for others, having no sympathy for them is not an argument to say there is nothing to worry, it is just that, being inconsiderate of the losses and risks for others

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it is well described how this increases the the severity and frequency of extreme weather events, such as this. You ignoring something that is by now common knowledge do not justify expecting it to be repeated in every article.

Nope.

Nothing in the article reads "this increases the the severity and frequency of extreme weather events".

So, you are just presenting your personal bias on a subject not mentioned in the article.

Again, people died and dozens were affected, and at that point the typhoon still was a danger for others, having no sympathy for them is not an argument to say there is nothing to worry, it is just that, being inconsiderate of the losses and risks for others

Again, typhoons are an annual occurrence in the region. Ignoring that basic fact is denying the science.

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Nothing in the article reads "this increases the the severity and frequency of extreme weather events".

Because it is already a well recognized fact, are you surprised also that articles about infections do not read that infections are caused by microbes?

Again, typhoons are an annual occurrence in the region. Ignoring that basic fact is denying the science.

Typhoons being annual do not justify making fun of the dozens of people injured and the deaths that happened because of it, and of course it is not a justification to try misleading people saying that there is "Nothing to worry about"

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