Posted by katzueno on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 (Japan Standard Time)

Japan Weather Update

Typhoon Guchol (2012-4) Latest Updates

This is the hour-to-hour updates of Japan's Typhoon Guchol (2012-4).

We have concluded the hour-to-hour updates as Guchol was downgraded to tropical cyclone. Feel free to ask any questions via @YokosoNews on Twitter ot Facebook

7:45am, Wed, June 20, 2012 (JST)

If you're in the affected area, keep checking JMA Weather Warnings / Advisory

[NHK 7:25a] Next Typhoon Talim (2012-5) is approaching near Japan. It's not as strong as Guchol, and may downgraded to tropical cyclocne before reaching Japan in 2 days. However, it may bring rainfall to many areas where the lands are already unstable.

We'll keep posted if situstion gets serious.

[NHK 7:20a] Typhoon Guchol has left Japan and now traveling over Pacific Ocean. It has downgraded from Typhoon to Tropical Cyclone. However the strong rainfall and wind may remains in many areas in Tohoku (North Japan).

The people, who are in the affected areas, should still be careful against landslides and flooding.

[NHK 7:20a] Many evacuation calls and watches have been canceled in this morning.

[NHK 7:20a] Public transportation systems started going back to normal lthough some trains and flights are still being canceled.

[NHK 7:19a] As at 6am, there are one casualty and 55 injured reported from Typhoon Guchol.

[NHK 6:57a] At 5:40am, the water level of Yoshida River, Miyagi has rised to the alert level, and issued the alert at 6:25am.

12:43am, Wed, June 20, 2012 (JST)

[NHK 12:43a] Typhoon Guchol may be over Utsunomiya, Tochigi, heading North East in 70km/h.

[NHK 12:39a] Guchol brought the record amount of rainfall to some area of Japan. People should be careful against landslide and flooding even after the weather gets calm down.

[NHK 12:33a] The most on-going threat of Typhoon Guchol is flooding in oceanside of North Japan epsecially the damaged area of Miyagi and Iwate by March 11 earthquake.

[NHK 12:29a] The landslides warnings have been issued to the park of Fukushima Pref. and Miyagi Pref.

[NHK 12:26a] JR Yamanote Line has been out of service since 11:30pm due to some flying objects are blocking the track. It may resume momentary. However many Tokyo's local trains started to resume their services.

[NHK 12:20a] The part of Softbank mobile phone network in Shizuoka, Aichi and Yamanashi have been out of service since 7pm yesterday due to blackouts.

[NHK 12:14a] Tokyu Train in Tokyo resumed its service as the weather got calm down.

[NHK 12:03a] Guchol may be traveling over Ibaraki approaching Fukushima. It expects to exit to Pacific Ocean by the morning.

[NHK 12:03a] Fukushima: Heavy rain and strong wind may continue in Fukushima (but it's not as bad as Tokyo / Kanagawa yet)

[NHK 12:01a] Mito, Ibaraki is experiencing strong wind.

[NHK 12:01a] Chiba: The rainfall started to get calm, but the strong wind remains. People should still be careful for both strong wind and rainfall for a while.

[NHK 12:01a] The situation in Shinjuku, Tokyo started get calm.

11:57pm, Tue, June 19, 2012 (JST)

[NHK 11:57p] Narita Airport is currently experiencing heavy rain and wind.

[NHK 11:56p] The part of NTT Docomo's cell phone network in Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Gunma, Nagano is out of service due to blackout.

[NHK 11:55p] JR said they will try to run the special Tokyo's local trains for those who haven't been able to go back home after the weather gets calm.

[NHK 10:51p] As at 10:30pm, over 134,000 houses in Shizuoka Pref are experiencing blackouts as well as many other areas of Japan.

[NHK 11:28p] At 11:21pm, Tohoku Shinkansen resumed its service as they fixed the blackout.

[NHK 11:15p] Shinkansen and local trains typhoon disrupption still unchanged since the last hour.

[NHK 11:15p] Shinjuku, Tokyo is still experiencing heavy rain and wind. Saitama is experiencing the heavy rain and wind. There're some reports of blackouts in Saitama.

[NHK 10:42p] The high alert of landslides remains in the following area: Okinawa, Nara, Mie, Shizuoka, Yamanashi, Kanagawa, Saitama, Fukushima. And the high alert of flooding to the following areas: Mie, Aichi, Shizuoka, Kanagawa.

[Questions asked via Twitter @YokosoNews]

Situation in Yokohama: Heavy rain and wind, but no serious damges reported from Yokohama as at 10:53p 6/19 (JST)

Situation in Fukushima: The wind and rain started getting harder in Fukushima. However, there is no sign of serious damages yet as at 11pm

Situation in Ota-ku, Tokyo: The rain and wind are still strong. But no serious damages has been reported yet as at 11pm.

10:54pm, Tue, June 19, 2012 (JST)

[NHK 10:54p] Sendai, Miyagi started to experience heavy rain and wind. Guchol started affecting North Japan.

[NHK 10:43p] Many Tokyo local trains are still being canceled.

[NHK & Others 10:31p] Tokaido Shinkansen between Shin Fuji - Hamamatsu Station are still our of service as well as Tohoku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Sendai.

[NHK 10:30p] As at 10pm, the center of Guchol may be over Yamanashi Pref heading towards North East.

[NHK 10:23p] Odawara, Kanagawa: Evacuation call was issued at 9:50p to over 11,180 residents around Sanno River.

[NHK 10:23p] The part of Tomei and Shin-Tomei Expressway has been shut down due to heavy wind and rain

[NHK 9:56p] Tokyo entered the storm area of Guchol.

9:29pm, Tue, June 19, 2012 (JST)

[NHK 9:29pm] The center of Guchol may be traveling over Nagano Pref. heading North East. Kanagawa, Tokyo and Saitama area are experiencing the heavy rainfall between 8:20pm-9:20pm.

[NHK 9:22pm] Many local trains in Tokyo started get canceled. Tohoku & Tokaido Shinkansen are still out of service or causing max. 2 hours delay.

[NHK 9:00pm] Tokyo is still experiencing heavy wind and rainfall.

[NHK 9:05pm] Tokyo entered the heavy wind circle of Guchol

[JR Tokai 9:00pm] Tokaido Shinkansen (Between Shizuoka and Toyohashi) is out of service.

The approximate time range of the strong wind and rain.

Region Period Max. instantaneous wind speed forecast
Kinki
(Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Wakayama)
Now through early in the morning of Wed, June 20, 2012 45 m/s
Tokai
(Aichi, Nagoya, Gifu, Mie, Shizuoka) 
Now through early in the morning of Wed, June 20, 2012 35 m/s
Hokuriku
(Toyama, Niigata, Nagano) 
Now through early in the morning of Wed, June 20, 2012 30~35 m/s
Kanto
(Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Gunma, Tochigi)
From the late tonight through early in the monign, Wed, June 20, 2012 35 m/s
Tohoku
(Fukushima, Akita, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori)
From the early morning of Wed, June 20, 2012 through noon 35 m/s
Hokkaido From the morning of Wed, June, 20 through early evening. 30 m/s

8:29pm, Tue, June 19, 2012 (JST)

NHK: JMA said the very intense rainfall (100mm / hour) was recorded in the part of Kanagawa (Minami Ashigaru) between 7pm-8pm.

NHK: As at 8:22pm, Tokaido Shinkansen is delaying due to the strong wind. Tohoku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Sendai became out of service due to the blackout.

As at 8:26pm, Tokaido Line (Local train) between Tokyo and Atami is now out of service. There are higher chance that other Tokyo local trains to be canceled.

The rain and wind started get heavier in Tokyo area since 8pm

8:00pm, Tue, June 19, 2012 (JST)

(Source NHK)

Typhoon Guchol traveled over Ise Bay, re-landed East Aichi. It's now heading North East over Shizuoka. Shizuoka is experiencing the heaviest rainfall at the moment.

Many evacuation calls are being made or may be made in East Aichi (Toyohashi, Toyota), and Shizuoka region.

Tokai area may have passed its peak of rainfall and wind, but the people should still be on high alert and avoid going outside as much as possible tonight.

7:15pm, Tue, June 19, 2012 (JST)

NHK & JMA: As at 7pm, Typhoon Guchol may be traveling over Matsusaka, Mie heading North East in 65km/h.

Tokai (Aichi, Gifu and Mie) is experieincing its peak. The right side of Typhoon, East Aichi, maybe experiencing the most wind and rain at the moment.

Shizuoka has the immediate threat of rainfall and heavy wind at the moment. It may continue thoughought the night.

Tokyo: The rain and wind started get stronger. The heaviest rainfall and wind may be expected during the night time until early in the morning.

Osaka: The heavy rainfall and wind may be expected from the evening through mdinight. However the rainfall rader indicated that it may have passed its peak.

6:05pm, Tue, June 19, 2012 (JST)

NHK: City of Ishinomaki has issued evacuation calls to over 10,000 residents. This is the first evacuation call in North Japan. As the land was sunk by March 11 earthquake, Ishinomaki has higher chance of flooding.

The weather forcast said Ishinomaki expects the heaviest rainfall in the early morning tomorrow, Wed, June 20, 2012. Therefore, the City of Ishinomaki decided to issue early evacuation calls before it gets dark.

5:50pm, Tue, June 19. 2012 (JST)

According to NHK: JMA said Guchol (2012-4) landed the south Wakayama around 5:30pm heading North East in 65km/h. It increased the traveling speed.

NHK said the right side of typhoon gets the most wind and rain. Therefore, the South Wakayama and South Mie are experieincing heavy rain and wind.

JMA has downgraded the intensity of Guchol from "Very Strong" to "Strong" since yesterday.

Since Guchol travels fast, it won't get weakened. The wind and rain could become heavy all of sudden.

Many public transportations in Tokai (Wakayama, Mie, Gifu & Aichi) are being canceled as well as domestic and international flights.

NHK says heavy wind and rain continues through tomorrow in Tokyo / Kansai through Tohoku.

 

Useful weather info

 

Preparing against Typhoon

In case of typhoon disaster

  • Find out the nearby evacuation centers (not only just one location, you need back-ups)
    • Near your home
    • Near your work / school
  • Tell your friends and family to get contact point besides telephone
    • YokosoNews recommend
      • Twitter
      • Facebook
      • Skype
      • NOT cellular phone or landline
      • Telephone line should be used for immediate emergency calls
  • Buy a portable radio and batteries
  • Don't leave any easy-to-be-flown objects outside of your house
  • Check the weather forecast extra carefully and more frequently
  • Expect the delays or cancellations of the public transportation and road closure

What not to do

  • Don't go close to river.
  • Don't go close to ocean.
  • Don't go close to mountain or cliff where the possibility of landslides.
  • Don't do anything that you are not 100% sure that it's safe

When the situation gets serious

  • Evacuate before dark
  • Don't hesitate to evacuate if you feel threatened. Don't wait for the warnings from the authorities.
  • Do not evacuate after dark, try to stay inside of the building
    • You may fall into the hidden opened manholes or trench
  • If you're too late to evacuate, try to stay in the higher place
  • If there is cliff behind your house, stay on the other side of the cliff
  • Don't hesistate to call 119 if you feel threatened

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Katz Ueno
As the Editor-in-chief & Producer of YokosoNews, Katz wants to show Japan to the rest of the world.
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