Typhoon Japan

Get Ready For The Typhoon Japan!

“There is a typhoon Japan coming. in On the last day of my first visit to Japan, this is what my friend said to me. I watched the rain coming down sideways outside and listened to the wind pound the house. “What’s a typhoon?” I thought. Typhoons hit Japan every year and it is important to know what to do.

What exactly is a typhoon?

A typhoon is a tropical storm with gusts of wind at least 17 meters per second (in other words, really really fast!). Typhoons are basically the same as hurricanes or cyclones. They originate in tropical areas and as they move north or south away from them, they lose their intensity.

Late summer and early autumn are typhoon season in Japan. Most typhoons come in August or September. An average of 28 typhoons form every year, but only a few actually hit Japan. Most lose their force before they hit land. The number of typhoons that hit Japan varies from year to year. Typhoon season was especially bad in 2004, when ten storms hit land!

Whereas we give giant destructive tropical storms cutesy names, in Japan they are just given numbers. I can remember in 2004, watching the news each night as Typhoon 26 and then 27 and then 28 came roaring toward the coast. And, although typhoons do not usually wreak such havoc in Japan as they do in the Philippines or Indonesia, one particularly destructive storm in 2004, which came to be called “Tokage” (the Lizard), caused lots of damage and killed over a hundred people.

What should you do in the event of a typhoon?

Typhoons are characterized by strong winds and rain. Under these conditions, it is dangerous to be out and especially driving. The trains will usually shut down because of the wind. It is advised that you stay in your home during a typhoon.

Generally, the most dangerous effects of typhoons are floods and mudslides. If you are in an area prone to flooding, or where there is any danger of mudslides, it is advised that you seek higher ground.

Another risk is high tides. If you live close to the ocean, it may be best to move inland to wait out the storm.

Most importantly, keep your TV on. In the event of a typhoon, the Japanese media will keep you up to date on what is going on and what you should or shouldn’t do. For English language information, check out the radio. If you live in the Kanto area, there is an English language station out of Yokohama (FM 84.7) and all over Japan you can find the US military station on the AM dial. Otherwise, check your local radio listings.

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