On Typhoon-hit Izu Oshima, a search for missing 19 resumes

The evacuation advisory issued to around 2,300 residents on the typhoon-hit island of Izu Oshima was lifted on Monday morning amid improved weather condition, allowing local authorities to resume the suspended search for the missing.

The municipal government of Oshima issued the evacuation advisory on Saturday as the prospect of more heavy rain was feared to worsen the situation on the island, south of Tokyo. While the advisory was in effect, the search for 19 missing people was suspended.

As of Sunday night, some 590 evacuees were in shelters.



Tropical Storm Leepi Aims for Japan

Leepi was on track for a rain-soaked clip with Japan after pulling well clear of the Philippines on Wednesday.

Leepi, neither seen as posing a typhoon threat nor the damaging winds this would imply, was instead expected to trigger heavy, potentially flooding rain, in its brush with Japan between Thursday and Saturday.

As of Wednesday morning, EDT, the center of Tropical Cyclone Leepi was located about 280 miles east-southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, or about 1,200 miles southwest of Tokyo, Japan, heading northward at nearly 15 mph, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said. Highest sustained winds were still only 40 mph.

Leepi was forecast to veer northeastward over the East China Sea beginning Thursday, tracking there after near or south of Japan through Saturday. At this time, interaction with a rainy cold front over Japan was anticipated, the forecast result being outbreaks of heavy rain and potential flooding over the southwestern half of the nation.



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Super typhoon Jelawat on course for Okinawa then Japan

Another monster typhoon has spun up in the western Pacific. Following super typhoon Sanba that ripped across Okinawa and then into South Korea, super typhoon Jelawat is also eyeing Okinawa before a possible encounter with Japan.

Jelawat is the equivalent of a category-4 hurricane, with peak sustained winds of 150 mph. Briefly Tuesday, it reached category-5 strength with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph becoming the second strongest storm on Earth in 2012, trailing only Sanba whose peak winds reached 178 mph.

Jelawat is currently positioned 570 miles south-southwest of Kadena Air Force Base on Okinawa and is moving northwest at around 6 miles per hour. It is expected continue this motion for a couple more days, before turning more to the northeast.

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Typhoon hits southwestern Japan with strong winds, heavy rain pours

Typhoon Guchol lashed southwestern Japan today with strong winds and heavy rain as it moved toward the center of the country, forcing airlines and train operators to cancel services amid warnings of flooding and landslides.

Guchol was about 25 miles southwest of Owase city, Mie prefecture at 6 p.m. local time, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Sustained winds were 81 mph, making it a Category 1 storm, the weakest on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The storm is forecast to pass over the eastern Kanto region that includes Tokyo before weakening into a tropical storm as it crosses Japan’s main island of Honshu.

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Super Typhoon Guchol Has Japan in Its Path

Guchol, a tropical cyclone in the western Pacific, rapidly strengthened Saturday afternoon, local time. Winds are now in excess of 150 mph, making Guchol a super typhoon, the highest classification for tropical cyclones in the western Pacific.

If Guchol were an Atlantic Hurricane, it would be considered a Category 5 storm.

While Guchol is currently bringing minimal impacts to civilization in its current location in the Philippine Sea, this is likely to change as Guchol continues to head north over the next few days.

Not only will Guchol continue to head towards more populated islands, but the storm is also expected to intensify further over the next day or two.

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13 Dead or Missing as Typhoon Roke hits Japan

A powerful typhoon hit Japan’s main island on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of more than 1.2 million from the area and causing the deaths or disappearance of at least 13 people as it began its slow path toward the northeastern part of the country.

As Typhoon Roke made landfall, businesses in Japan all but halted, with the cancellation of domestic flights and bullet train services between Tokyo and Osaka.

With maximum wind speeds of 130 miles per hour, the typhoon drenched the western and central part of the country, which also was blasted two weeks earlier by another fierce storm.

The deluge caused fears of landslides and flooding, particularly in Nagoya, the fourth-largest city, located about 170 miles west of Tokyo.

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Typhoon nears Japan, 1.3 million told to evacuate

More than 1.3 million people were advised to evacuate on Tuesday as typhoon Roke approached Japan, threatening the industrial city of Nagoya with heavy rain and landslides.

No major disruptions to plant operations were reported.The eye of the typhoon was 210 km 130 miles east-southeast of the southern island of Tanegashima, moving east-northeast at 20 km 13 miles per hour as of 5 p.m. 0800 GMT, the Meteorological Agency said.

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Typhoon Talas causes landslides as it dumps record rain on Japan; 20 dead, 50 reported missing

Typhoon Talas dumped record amounts of rain Sunday in western and central Japan, killing at least 20 people and stranding thousands more as it turned towns into lakes, washed away cars and triggered mudslides that obliterated houses. At least 50 people were missing, local media reported.

Evacuation orders and advisories were issued to 460,000 people in the region, which is hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the country’s tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast.

At least 3,600 people were stranded by flooded rivers, landslides and collapsed bridges that were hampering rescue efforts, Kyodo News agency reported.

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One Person Dead, Three Missing After Typhoon Talas Slams Into Western Japan

Typhoon Talas slammed into western Japan from the Pacific Saturday bringing heavy rain and fierce winds and leaving at least one person dead and three missing, officials said.

The typhoon, packing gusts of up to 68mph (108kph), made landfall on the Pacific coast of Shikoku island at about 10:00am local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

It was slowly moving north and expected to cut across western Japanese regions into the Sea of Japan early Sunday, the agency said.

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