Travel Alert – Hokkaido Japan – Weather…

Drum Cusac has issued this latest warning for U.S. Citizens and others traveling in Japan.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Emergency Alert Issued for Hokkaido Due to Forecast Heavy Rain, Potential for Travel Disruptions

Severity: 3 (Moderate)

Category: Conflict

Source: Drum Cussac

09/11/2014 (Japan) – On Thursday, 11 September, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued emergency alerts for parts of northernmost Hokkaido Prefecture as a low weather pressure system is forecast to bring heavy rain in the northern and eastern parts of the country. According to the agency, the inclement weather could lead to potentially deadly floods and mudslides, especially in Hokkaido’s Ishikari region.

Latest reports indicated that at least 100mm (4 inches) of rain had fallen on the cities of Eniwa and Chitose in western Hokkaido, while Ishimaki and Higashimatsushima cities, both in Miyagi Prefecture, experienced around 120mm (4.7 inches) of rainfall. The Hokkaido Railway Company has reportedly suspended its services across the region and it remains unclear when normal operations would resume. There were no confirmed reports whether operations at the New Chitose Airport (CTS), which serves Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido Prefecture, had been affected by the adverse weather. Earlier on Wednesday, authorities in Sapporo issued an evacuation advisory to more than 700,000 residents due to the risks of floods and landslides.

Those in Hokkaido and other areas in northern and eastern Japan should stay abreast of the latest weather-related updates and heed further instructions from the authorities. Clients should reconfirm train and flight schedules to minimise any potential disruptions to travel itineraries, while motorists should exercise additional caution due to hazardous driving conditions. Contingency measures should also be reviewed to ensure business continuity.

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