Typhoon #9

September 6th, 2007

We’re really getting pummeled by this typhoon. Not disastrously, not right here, but sure as hell noticeably hit. The wind is something else out there, crashing and breaking over the north side of our building, spraying rain horizontally over our balcony windows. Sometimes we feel the walls shake and shudder under the pressure of the wind. The region is reportedly getting 400 ml of rain tonight, as the eye of the storm passes just west of our location, or it will over the next eight hours.

And this is just the edge of the storm.

They’re saying that this is the strongest storm to hit Japan in three years, and it’s heading pretty much straight for Tokyo. To give you an idea:


We’re the red “X” here in Tokyo. The red arrow shows the predicted path of the typhoon.


EDIT: I just got back in from tying down a few things on the balcony. My exercise machines are out there, and I had covered them–securely, I thought–with a tarp cover made for motorcycles, fits the elliptical trainer just about right. When I came out to look at it an hour later, I saw that the cover was half blown off, when I thought that would be impossible. So I went out again, with gales of wind billowing the cover tarp almost ridiculously, and tied the cover onto the machines with polyethylene twine. That stopped the billowing and should hold.

But standing out there was pretty impressive–sheets and sheets of rain moving horizontally at high speed in the wind.

I have to wonder what the heart of the storm is going to look like.

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  1. ykw
    September 7th, 2007 at 02:10 | #1

    I think the tail part is running at the highest velocity since it needs to travel furthest for each revolution. And on the image that you have it shows the tail sweeping across Tokyo. So that might be the worst of it.

  2. Hachi Gatsu
    April 7th, 2008 at 06:21 | #2

    Hey! It’s the typhoon that took out my train line! I remember that, I too slept through the whole thing and woke up to a beautiful sun drenched morning with debri scattered about my neighborhood.

    I remember seeing the public park in Akabane completly engulfed by the river next to it. It took about a week for the water to settle back down. That was the first typhoon I’d even been in, you don’t see a lot of those out in Wisconsin.

  3. Luis
    April 7th, 2008 at 09:25 | #3

    August: No typhoons in Wisconsin? Well, I bet you get a lot of Hurricanes though, right? 😀

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