[Via the American Embassy Tokyo] This emergency message is being issued to inform U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that the Japan Meteorological Agency has issued alerts for Typhoon 18W (Roke). As of 12:00 noon (local time), Tuesday, September 20, Typhoon Roke is located 230 Nautical Miles South of Sasebo, Japan at 29.3 degrees north latitude, 132.1 degrees east longitude, moving Northward at 11 knots in the direction of Tokyo. After passing by the coastal regions of Wakayama and Mie prefectures, it is expected to make landfall near Hamamatsu on Wednesday morning. Torrential rain is forecasted to reach the coastline of southern Japan on Tuesday, September 20.
The Japan Meteorological Agency reports that the maximum sustained wind speed near the center of the typhoon is currently 70 knots with gusts of 100 knots. Typhoon Roke’s winds are expected to weaken slightly over the next 36 hours as it makes landfall. Sustained maximum winds when the typhoon reaches Tokyo are predicted to be as high as 60 knots, gusting to 75. Roke, as a typhoon, would bring flooding rain, damaging winds and potentially inundating storm tides to the southeastern side of Honshu.
Tuesday September 20, the Nagoya city government issued a recommended evacuation for school districts in neighborhoods adjacent to the Shonai River and Tenpaku River in central Nagoya. Detailed information in Japanese may be found here: http://www.city.nagoya.jp/shobo/page/0000027574.html. Continue to monitor news and official information in your area for the latest news and updates.
U.S. Naval Base Yokosuka is currently in Tropical Cyclone Condition Of Readiness (TCCOR)alert status 3, meaning that destructive winds of 50 knots or greater are possible within the next 48 hours. Residents should stock up on emergency supplies of food, water, and cash in case of storm-related power outages. Be prepared for the alert status to be raised as the typhoon approaches. At TCCOR 2 all outside items should be removed or secured.
For further details, see either of the following websites: Japan Meteorological Agency: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/ U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center’s Tropical Cyclone Warning: http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC/
We will continue to monitor Typhoon Roke’s track and will issue updated messages as appropriate. Please monitor the typhoon’s track by listening to the radio, watching television, or monitoring AFN radio at 89.1 FM. Locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Carry your travel documents at all times (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location. You should also contact friends and family in the United States with updates about your whereabouts.
Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found on our “Hurricane/Typhoon Season” webpage, and on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Updated information on travel in Japan may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website, http://japan.usembassy.gov/, for updated information. Please consult the Country Specific Information Sheet for Japan, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1148.html.
For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of either the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or one of the U.S. Consulates in Japan listed below:
U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
American Citizen Services
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
After Hours: 03-3224-5000
The U.S. Embassy serves Americans in Tokyo, Chiba, Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Yamagata and Yamanashi.
11-5, Nishitenma 2-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543; Tel: 06-6315-5912, Fax: 06-6315-5914; serving Americans in Osaka, Aichi, Ehime, Fukui, Gifu, Hiroshima, Hyogo, Ishikawa, Kagawa, Kochi, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Okayama, Shimane, Shiga, Tokushima, Tottori, Toyama, and Wakayama prefectures.
Nagoya International Center Bldg. 6th floor, 1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001; Tel (052) 581-4501, Fax: (052) 581-3190; providing emergency consular services only (including death and arrest cases) for Americans living in Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures.
5-26, Ohori 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052; Tel: 092-751-9331, Fax: 092-713-9222; serving Americans in Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and Yamaguchi prefectures.
Kita 1-jo, Nishi 28-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821; Tel: 011-641-1115, Fax: 011-643-1283; serving Americans in Akita, Aomori, Hokkaido, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.
2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe City, Okinawa 901-2104; Phone: 098.876.4211, Fax: 098.876.4243, DSN: 645-7323; serving Americans in Okinawa and the Amami Oshima Island group http://naha.usconsulate.gov/