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In for a Storm

August 25th, 2005

Typhoon #11 is making its way for Tokyo, dead-on, hitting us from the southwest via Shizuoka and Kanagawa. Should be overhead after midnight (peaking maybe at 3 am), about six to eight hours from now; right now, the Izu Peninsula is getting hit pretty hard, affecting some train services, with many services closed after 4 pm today. Dozens of flights have been cancelled tonight out of Haneda. The forecasters say that 14 inches of rain will be dropped on Tokyo and Tama by tomorrow morning. Strong winds and high waves are also in the cards.

This is, after all, Typhoon season, which lasts from June to November, most storms hitting in August and early September. While this is not the first typhoon to hit Tokyo this summer, it is certainly the strongest to hit this area so far this year. They’re showing scenes on TV of huge waves breaking on docks, a lot of rain and winds. Trees are down in Shizuoka. Three houses have been flooded and more than 80 households have been evacuated along the coast. Looks miserable there, and already rain is falling pretty heavy inland here, the wind throwing the rain directly onto the windows.

If you go to work really early, expect some train delays. If you’re planning on staying out late tonight, don’t expect to get back easily.

This should be quite a storm.

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  1. Sherri
    August 25th, 2005 at 22:53 | #1

    I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts; stay safe and hopefully dry!

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