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24 Aug 2018 | 08:56 AM UTC

Japan: Typhoon Cimaron heading north to Hokkaido August 24 /update 3

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Cimaron passes over western Japan, heading to Hokkaido August 24-25; heavy rain and strong winds; air services disrupted

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/23/2018, 12:00 AM until 8/26/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tokyo). COUNTRY/REGION Hokkaido, Honshu, Hokkaido

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Typhoon Cimaron made landfall on Shikoku island on Thursday night, August 23, and passed over western parts of Japan, injuring several people, disrupting power supplies, and disrupting flights to and from Osaka and Aichi prefectures (dozens of flights impacted). The storm has brought torrential rain to affected areas, e.g. over 13 cm (5 in) per hour at Kobe Airport (UKB) in Hyogo prefecture. Cimaron is now heading north towards the island of Hokkaido.


Cimaron is expected to be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone by the end of the day Friday. However, further strong winds and heavy rain is expect through Saturday in northern Japan, with both Cimaron and Typhoon Soulik approaching Hokkaido and the northern Tohoku region. Associated flooding and landslides are possible.


Individuals present in the abovementioned regions are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation and power disruptions, obey instructions issued by the local authorities, and avoid flood-prone areas until the situation stabilizes. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.


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