Travel Alert – Japan – Typhoon…

Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for U.S. Citizens traveling in the country of Japan.  This information is brought to you by Cigna Global …

Mass Evacuation and Travel Disruptions Reported in South as Typhoon Neoguri Hits Parts of Okinawa, Weather Warnings Extended

Government Warning Issued for Japan

Category: Natural Disasters

Severity: 4 (High)

Source: Drum Cussac

07/08/2014 (Japan) – Media reports on Tuesday, 8 July, indicated that evacuation advisories affecting some 500,000 people in Japan’s southern Okinawa prefecture had been issued, whilst about 84,000 individuals in low-lying areas of Kyushu Island had been relocated to temporary shelters. Thousands of households in Okinawa have also reportedly experienced power outages since Tuesday morning, whilst schools and businesses have been closed. Furthermore, operations at Naha Airport (OKA), as well as ports and monorail stations in Okinawa have been suspended. 

Earlier-issued weather warnings have reportedly been extended to other parts of Japan. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), an “emergency warning” has been issued for Okinawa, as authorities warn those in the prefecture of “catastrophes” that can exceed the country’s warning criteria. A “storm warning” and a “high wave warning” have also been hoisted over several parts of Kagoshima, a prefecture in Kyushu Island. In addition, a “thunderstorm advisory” has been issued for the rest of the country, excluding the prefectures of Yamagata and Akita in Honshu Island. 

Neoguri is expected to be one of the strongest typhoons to ever hit Japan. It remains unclear if the typhoon will directly hit Naha, the capital of Okinawa, as prevailing winds are forecast to buffet the prefecture. Nonetheless, the typhoon is expected to trigger waves of 14m (46ft) high and bring torrential downpours and strong winds. It should also be noted that the typhoon is slated to arrive in Kyushu by Thursday before reaching Honshu later in the week. Neoguri’s impact is forecast to weaken as it moves inland, although it could still bring about disruptive floods and landslides in low-lying and mountainous communities. 

Those in Japan should stay abreast of the latest weather updates, remain in secure locations and heed further instructions from the authorities. Clients should review contingency measures due to the threat of possible typhoon associated disruptions, including power outages, closures of transportation hubs and suspension of public services. Individuals should also reconfirm their travel information, and ensure their contact details are updated so they can be notified of any booking or schedule changes. In addition, motorists should exercise additional caution due to hazardous driving conditions as well as flood and landslide-related road closures.

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