Strong storm Typhoon Trami batters Japan

Typhoon Trami has been categorised as a Category Two storm. Thousands of residents have been evacuated while the island nation is experiencing 100mph winds and heavy rail fall. The Western areas of Japan, such as Honshu, lie directly in the path of the storm. Fortunately, Tokyo isn’t in the direct path of the storm, but it could still be hit by winds of up to 90mph.

Over 1,000 flights and train journeys have been cancelled or suspended, along with most local trains and bullet trains. According to West Japan Railway, most local and bullet train services have been halted. Kansai International Airport in Osaka also announced that, as of 11am local time on Sunday 30th September 2018, its runways will be closed until 6am local time Monday morning.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has announced that Typhoon Trami is forecast to affect a wide area of Japan until the 2nd October, bringing excessive rainfall, strong winds, and possible disruption to essential travel services. Local officials are urging residents and tourists to avoid going outside in the dangerous weather after approximately 84 people were injured while out in the storm. One elderly woman has been reported missing.

If you’re in the affected areas, ensure that you monitor local news reports and heed the advice of the local authorities and emergency services in the area you’re in. There may be evacuation orders in some areas of Japan if they are too badly affected by the storm, in this case, follow any evacuation directions as quickly as possible and keep yourself safe.

Evacuation advisories are in place for more than 3.7 million people in 19 prefectures, according to NHK.

Tourists that are travelling in Japan who are non-Japanese speakers have been urged to download one of the emergency phrase cards made available online if they have been stranded by the storm. The cards have been made available in six languages: English, Indonesian, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese. People have been advised to point to phrases on the cards if they need emergency support from local services. They can be downloaded from the Ehime Prefecture International Centre website.

Accuweather has predicted more than 400mm of rain will fall widely across the Japanese mainland. Senior Meteorologist, Kristina Pydynowski, has advised that anyone who is outside during the storm may be at risk of bodily harm from debris.

At present, the storm is finally moving out of Japan, but the damage left is very real, and though the bulk of the natural disaster is gone, experts have warned that the next couple of days are still going to be full of heavy rain and harsh winds. Weather officials have warned of potential flooding, as well as possible landslides, and non-compulsory evacuation advisories have been issued to around four million residents.

There have been many disasters in Japan this year, but September seems to have bared a huge number of extreme weather conditions and natural disasters – including Typhoon Jebi, and a magnitude 6.6 earthquake.


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