Skip to comments.3rd victim found as powerful typhoon affects transportation [Japan]
Posted on 07/15/2007 5:59:07 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
TOKYO Typhoon Man-yi lost some steam Sunday morning, but weather authorities are calling for continued vigilance against the typhoon which has led to the death of three people, and leaving more than 70 injured and one person missing.
The typhoon is forecast to blow out into the waters east of the Kanto area surrounding Tokyo by Sunday night, the Japan Metrological Agency said.
Man-yi affected air traffic across an extended area Sunday. Airlines cancelled a total of 231 flights with All Nippon Airways grounding 108 flights and Japan Airlines holding back 88.
Central Japan Railway Co. resumed the operations of Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train at around 12:40 p.m. after suspending the services between Tokyo and Nagoya at around 8:30 a.m.
A total of five bullet trains on the line were stalled between stations for up to five hours after one got stuck over a bridge as water levels rose in the Fuji River due to heavy rains, according to JR Tokai.
In the Tokyo metropolitan area, express trains bound for the Izu area in Shizuoka Prefecture and Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, have been cancelled.
Earlier in the day, the body of a man, 79, who went missing Saturday evening in Tokushima Prefecture, western Japan, was discovered in a river in the city of Yoshinogawa, bringing the total death toll to three.
Two other people have died in Kagoshima Prefecture as Man-yi made landfall Saturday on Japan's southern main island of Kyushu, with an 11-year-old boy washed away in a river and a man, 76, falling into an irrigation ditch.
The typhoon also left another man missing in Nagoya and more than 70 injured in central and western Japan prefectures and forced thousands to evacuate mainly in central Japan, they said.
In Mie Prefecture, 4,047 people from 1,485 households were advised to leave their homes for designated shelters early morning. In neighboring Aichi Prefecture, the numbers are 190 people from 50 households, and in Shizuoka Prefecture 339 people.
As of 2 p.m. Sunday, the typhoon was moving east at about 40 kilometers per hour some 80 km south of the city of Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, having an atmospheric pressure of 975 hectopascals and packing winds of up to 162 kph near its center.
By early Sunday morning, record-high hourly rainfall had been marked for the month of July respectively in Mobara with 58 millimeters, Yokoshibahikari, 52 mm and Tonosho with 49 mm, in Chiba Prefecture, and 37 mm in Kashima and 35 mm in Kitaibaraki in Ibaraki Prefecture.
During 24 hours to noon Monday, rainfall of up to 250 mm is forecast on the Pacific coast of the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan, 150 mm along the Sea of Japan coast of Tohoku, and 100 mm in the Kanto area surrounding Tokyo, the agency said.
I was flying from Honk Kong to Incheon right about 3 years ago today on the upper deck of a 747 in Business.
Looking out the window there was a massive cloud deck with giant circular holes due to a Typhoon blowing through. The pilot was cranking and banking up and down and left and right and turbulence wasn’t too much. Then I hear “flight attendants take your seats...kinda frantic” with lots of bongs.
Holy frijoles fritos! That was the most intense turbulence I’ve ever been in and I’ve got north of 500,000 miles under my belt. Twice the plane was kicked to the right so hard that I bruised my ribs on the left arm rest. I was black and blue for a week. I didn’t blow, but at least half the folks around me were re-serving lunch. There was loud cheering and clapping on that landing and I was glad to get off that vomitorium!
I wonder how the typhoon has affected Yokota AB. When I was there, ‘84 - ‘86, I weathered 3 typhoons. Of course, by the time they got that far inland they had only 30 - 40 mph winds, and only light rain.
Or maybe they could have been reversing lunch.
Some of my younger crew members used to call it "Calling Ralph on the big white phone".
Seems to be human nature to use the head for something that could have been barfed over the rail.
Just make sure you're on the leeward side. I still remember the guy on one of my ships (already nicknamed "Chunks" for his constant seasickness) who ran out to the windward bridge wing and blew his breakfast of Fruit Loops all down the side the ship. The CO was livid-it was really a horrible mess. By the time we pulled back in they were cemented to the ship and Chunks was there a long time cleaning them off.
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