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Southwest Japan braces for typhoon

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Parts of Kyushu were badly flooded last month, they are right to be concerned.

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It's not the rain I'm worried about, commanteer - typhoons usually pass too quickly to drop too much (the baiyu zensen is much more dangerous) - it's the wind. You never know about these; the typhoon that hit Kumamoto a few weeks ago was expected to be mild, but tell that to those whose cars were crushed under toppled trees. Then some are hyped but fizzle. They all bear watching.

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I see no point in whipping up fear. 

Warning of what's coming is not 'whipping up fear'. 350mm (13 inches) of rain are expected in some areas of Kyushu, according to the latest NHK report about half an hour ago. Less than what Amami will likely get, but still quite a bit for an area where there was just flooding.

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Hang tight over there. As for rain I want it to rain where the Dams are so they get filled up to guarantee a good harvest. Rain in Tokyo, etc won't do that.

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Awesome, i'm gonna spend the weekend down the beach not getting burnt to a crisp within 10 minutes then!

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Typhoons are no joke! Be safe!

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i nave a spare room, if it so bad.

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Please stay safe everyone.

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"Tokyo dake demo ii"

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its not the rain, its the wind. had broken windows and roof tiles off so water damage. be careful outside folks.

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What's it like in Kyushu now?

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Humid and too hot, almost no rain, with slight gusts of wind, kurisupisu. Another "killer" typhoon come and gone with nary a notice in Fukuoka. That's how it usually goes here.

I am sure someday that will change. But, like we got with those torrential rains last month, it will probably be completely unexpected. That's why I don't get on the worry train every time a coming typhoon is hyped up. There are better things to worry about.

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Oh no.

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Tmrw night's fireworks should be all right then. pheeew!

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I know people who were personally affected by those floods, and helped out afterwards. I see no point in whipping up fear. A little concern is fine, but it rains all the time and almost never floods like that. It's all the hand wringing over yesterday's disaster that keeps people from seeing the next disaster. Doesn't do anyone any good, except to attract readers.

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Maybe your are right, Himajin. But normally typhoons are pretty worn out by the time they reach Fukuoka, if they arrive at all. But the words in the article (above the photograph) are chosen to elicit fear rather than reasonable caution. "Devastated" wasn't necessary, not was this:

"...at one point, the worlds strongest storm this year." The "at one point" meaning, of course, that it isn't now. The language isn't balanced. It's written to get attention rather than to advise.

I don't want to minimize the potential for disaster, but that potential comes with virtually every heavy rain, and it rains a lot in Kyushu. If I am wrong, I'll be sliding down a hillside in my house. It's possible, but not likely.

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No rain at all in the past month, and daily temperatures in the upper 30s. I'd say the rain is welcome. Playing off the fear of last months floods is simply the media's way of making a story by whipping up fear.

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