Japan is preparing for the arrival of strong Typhoon Jebi, a Category 2 or 1 typhoon when making landfall on Tuesday, September 4, in the vicinity of Osaka, in western Japan. Up to 30 cm (11 in) of rain in and powerful winds of up to 200 km/h (125 mph) are expected over the next 24 hours.
This is the 21st typhoon of the year and the fourth storm to affect Japan since mid-August. Tropical cyclones and typhoons are common in the west Pacific from June through November.
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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