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#141 Postby senorpepr » Sun Aug 29, 2004 7:11 am

Thanks for the update on Chaba. Definately something to monitor.
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5 dead as Typhoon Chaba Slamming Kyushu, Japan w/pictures

#142 Postby Cyclone Runner » Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:24 am

Here are more updates from Japan as Typhoon Chaba, the 6th named storm to hit Japan so far this year (and the season is only half over), lashes the main southern island of Kyushu. At least 2 dead and over 20 injured in preliminary figures so far.

Typhoon Chaba lashes south Japan
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The typhoon has severely disrupted transport schedules

Typhoon Chaba has arrived on Japan's southern island of Kyushu in a flurry of torrential rain and strong winds.

Around 6,000 people have left their homes for temporary shelters amid warnings of flooding and landslides.

A further 300,000 homes on Kyushu island are without electricity, local power company officials say.

The typhoon is moving north-northeast, say weather officials, taking a similar route to Typhoon Megi, which caused 10 deaths in Japan earlier in August.

Typhoon Chaba, which takes its name from the Thai word for hibiscus, has generated winds measuring 210km/h (130mph) - reportedly a record high for the area.

Transport disruption

Parts of the island have also recorded 100mm (4in) of rainfall in an hour.

It struck Kyushu island near Kushikino city in the Kagoshima prefecture on Monday morning, local time, an official from the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

At least 20 people were injured, local media reports.

Two men were reported missing after a truck they were driving fell into a river.

Hundreds of flights, ferries and train journeys in the region have been cancelled.

As well as the evacuations in Kagoshima prefecture, thousands of people have left their homes for safer shelter in the Kumamoto and Miyazaki prefectures, the AFP news agency reports.

Typhoons frequently hit East Asia during the summer, gathering strength from warm sea waters.


Japan hit by typhoon
30/08/2004 07:22  - (SA)  

Tokyo - Powerful Typhoon Chaba hit Japan's south-western Kagoshima prefecture on Monday morning, leaving two dead and two missing, police and firefighters said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon, the season's 16th, hit Kagoshima around 09:30.

The two fatalities occurred in Kagoshima's neighbouring Miyazaki prefecture. One was an 82-year-old man who died after the strong wind knocked him down from a stepladder as he was trimming a tree at his garden, according to police authorities.

Two men have been reported missing after their car fell into a flooded river in Kagoshima, the authorities said.

In Kagoshima and surrounding areas, at least 28 people were injured and about 276 000 households faced blackouts. More than 100 households were flooded, Japan's NHK TV reported.

Road, train and air traffic were also interrupted due to heavy rain and strong winds.

Chaba, which means "hibiscus" in Thai, is the sixth typhoon to hit Japan this year. - dpa

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#143 Postby Cyclone Runner » Mon Aug 30, 2004 3:43 am

Typhoon Chaba Causes Japan Air, All Nippon to Defer 400 Flights

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Japan Airlines Corp. and All Nippon Airways Co., the country's two largest carriers, canceled more than 400 domestic flights today as Typhoon Chaba sweeps through southern Japan's Kyushu island.

Japan Airlines, the nation's largest carrier, canceled 195 domestic flights, and its regional unit Japan Transocean Air called off 5 flights, according to two statements issued by the airlines at 10:30 a.m. in Tokyo. All Nippon's cancellations were 203 flights today as of 11 a.m., the airline said.

Service disruptions caused by this year's 16th tropical storm would affect a combined 36,800 passengers at the two Japanese airlines. Japan's carriers set aside money every year for flights that may be disrupted due to natural disasters such as typhoons and snowstorms.

Typhoon Chaba packs winds of up to 144 kilometers (89.5 miles) an hour. The typhoon was located over Kagoshima Prefecture on Kyushu island as of noon and is moving northeasterly toward Hiroshima City at a speed of 30 kilometers an hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its Web site.

Japan Airlines' shares were unchanged at 320 yen as of 2:07 p.m. in Tokyo, while All Nippon fell 0.3 percent to 357 yen.
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#144 Postby LAwxrgal » Mon Aug 30, 2004 3:46 am

:grr:

Chaba just won't go away! :cry:
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#145 Postby Cyclone Runner » Mon Aug 30, 2004 3:54 am

The JTWC has already issued 47 warnings so far for this system since it formed east of Guam. I am not sure what the all time record is, but this would definitely be on the high side!! She is picking up forward speed as it heads north-northeast across Japan, so I think we should see the end of her in about 2-3 days. It will be interesting to see if they retire the name. She has been the biggest storm this year and has caused extensive property damage, but the loss of life has been small so far, 2 in Marianas and around 4 in Japan. It is now down to a Cat 1-2 border and decreasing rapidly, so hopefully it will pass through Japan without much trouble.
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#146 Postby Cyclone Runner » Mon Aug 30, 2004 6:15 am

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A landslide swept away a truck as Typhoon Chaba hit Japan


Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 30 August 2004 1631 hrs

Typhoon Chaba pounds southern Japan, leaving two dead

TOKYO : Powerful typhoon Chaba, packing winds of up to 90 miles (144 kilometres) per hour, pounded Japan's main southern island of Kyushu, killing at least two people and injuring more than 30.

In Miyazaki prefecture, the typhoon killed an 82-year-old man and a 71-year-old man in different cities and slightly injured four people.


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"The 82-year-old man was trying to cut up a tree mangled by the typhoon but strong winds blew him away from a stepladder," said a police spokesman in Miyazaki.

The 71-year-old died after falling from the roof of his house while trying to repair storm damage.

In neighbouring Kagoshima, two people were missing in a river. Some 40 troops were joining in a rescue operation.

Police in Kagoshima, 950 kilometers (590 miles) southwest of Tokyo said the driver managed to escape after the car went in the river but a passenger was trapped.

A stranger who was trying to rescue the trapped person is also missing.

Chaba, meaning hibiscus in Thai, was moving northeast at a speed of 35 kilometers (22 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The typhoon has dumped 750 millimeters (30 inches) of rain on Miyazaki since Sunday. The agency warned that the storm could drop 400-700 millimeters of rain in western Japan by Tuesday.

Fearing floods and mudslides, local authorities asked some 34,600 households in Kyushu and the smaller southern main island of Shikoku to leave their homes for schools and other public facilities, public broadcaster NHK said.

Some 21,000 households also voluntarily evacuated and 300 households were flooded in Kyushu, NHK said.

The typhoon cut off electricity to 341,700 households, a spokesman for Kyushu Electric said.

The storm forced the cancellation of 335 flights between Kyushu and Shikoku to other parts of Japan and disrupted sea and land traffic in the region, according to Kyodo News Service.

Last week Typhoon Aere battered China, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines, leaving more than 60 people dead in the region. At least 21 were still missing in Taiwan.

In China Typhoon Aere prompted more than half a million to evacuate.

- AFP
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#147 Postby Cyclone Runner » Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:02 am

Five Killed as Typhoon Tears Across Southern Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Typhoon Chaba tore across southwestern Japan Monday, killing at least five people and knocking out electricity for thousands as it swirled its way north, dumping heavy rain and whipping up huge seas.

Four were missing, more than 350,000 households lost power at one point, and thousands of people were evacuated because of fears of flooding and landslides in areas hit by another typhoon two weeks ago.

Chaba, one of the strongest storms to hit Japan this year, at one point generated winds of up to 130 miles per hour, near the highest on record for the area, public broadcaster NHK said.

By evening it had weakened, but still had gusts of up to 78 miles an hour.

Kyushu, one of four of Japan's main islands, has so far suffered the worst damage. The island is home to a tenth of the country's population. Another 10,000 later lost power on neighboring Shikoku island.

More than 16,000 people had left their homes to wait out the storm in shelters as authorities warned of flooding and landslides, particularly in parts of Shikoku, which was hit hard by typhoon Megi two weeks ago.

The Meteorological Agency issued heavy rain and flood warnings for a wide area of southwestern Japan. Some 8 to 10 inches of rain was predicted to fall on some areas by Tuesday evening, NHK said.

An empty Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship ran aground near Shikoku and Japanese media said four crew members were missing, but the Japan Coast Guard could not immediately confirm this.

Television pictures showed people wading through knee-deep water in the streets Kagoshima city on the southern tip of Kyushu, while huge waves battered seaside houses.

The arrival of the storm coincides with the highest tides of the year, increasing concerns about flood damage near the coast.

One elderly man was shown in his flooded house after the roof had been ripped off, water dripping down behind him.

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Transport was severely disrupted, with hundreds of flights canceled in and out of southern Japan. Bullet train service to the region was also halted, ferry services were canceled, and sections of motorways were closed because of high winds.

Among the dead were an elderly man killed when he fell from the roof of a storehouse and another who fell from a ladder, local authorities said. Two more men died after their truck was washed away in a swollen river and a 51-year-old woman died when she fell from a roof.

About 73 people had been injured, NHK said.

In some areas of Kyushu, a mixed industrial-farming region, more than 100 millimeters (4 inches) of rain fell in one hour.

The north-west Pacific is regularly hit by typhoons in the summer and autumn, and Chaba -- which means "hibiscus" in Thai -- is the 16th to affect the region this year.

Chaba is also among the most powerful storms to have formed in the western Pacific this year. Chaba rapidly developed into a maximum category 5 storm last week, meaning sustained winds in excess of 240 kph, before weakening as it zeroed in on Japan.

Another storm, typhoon Songda, is strengthening and also appears to be heading for southern Japan in the next week.

Chaba is expected to move along Japan's western coast over the next two days on a path similar to that of typhoon Megi, which set off landslides and flooding that killed 10 people in Japan and at least three in South Korea earlier this month. At 7 p.m. (6 a.m. EDT), the center of the typhoon was northwest of the city of Iwakuni, about 580 miles southwest of Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said. It was moving north-northeast at 40 km per hour.

Two oil refiners said they had halted crude oil unloading and product shipments because of the storm.

Japan's biggest refiner, Nippon Oil Corp., said it had stopped berthing operations at its western Japan refineries at Mizushima and Marifu because of high waves.

The two refineries have adequate crude stocks and Nippon Oil did not expect any shortage, a company spokesman said.

Showa Shell Sekiyu KK said it had stopped berthing operations at its Yokkaichi refinery and at a Yamaguchi prefecture refinery, both located in western Japan.

(Additional reporting by Isabel Reynolds)

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#148 Postby Cyclone Runner » Mon Aug 30, 2004 5:51 pm

Typhoon Chaba Cuts Power and Fuel Shipments in Japan (Update3)

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Typhoon Chaba buffeted southwestern and central Japan, killing five people and cutting power and refinery shipments in some areas, utility and police officials said.

Chaba, the third tropical storm in as many weeks to hit northern Asia, has wind as fast as 120 kilometers an hour (75 mph). The typhoon was about 99 miles north-northeast of Kyoto at 2 a.m. local time and moving northeast toward Shimane prefecture at 63 kilometers an hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency's Web site said.

The storm had killed five and injured 81 injuries as of 9 p.m. local time, said National Police Agency spokesman Takashi Sugimoto in a telephone interview.

About 114,700 electric customers on Kyushu, Japan's third- largest island, lost power as of 11 p.m. local time, said Hiroshi Okochi, a spokesman for Fukuoka-based Kyushu Electric Power Co. As many as 355,400 Kyushu customers were without power at the height of the storm, Okochi said. The utility supplies more than 8 million homes and businesses.

Three people died while fixing storm damage and two drowned in a river, while four crew members of a Vietnamese cargo ship where swept overboard when it ran aground, the Japan Coast Guard told the Associated Press. The storm, the 16th tropical storm of the season, flooded more than 120 homes, according to the AP report that cited the National Police Agency.

Nippon Oil Corp., Japan's largest refiner, and Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., stopped shipments at refineries that can process as much as 737,000 barrels of crude oil a day, said spokesmen at the Tokyo-based companies, who asked not to be identified.

Mizushima & Marifu
Nippon Oil said it stopped shipping crude oil and fuel products to and from its 250,000 barrels-a-day Mizushima refinery in Okayama prefecture. The refiner also halted shipments at its 127,000 barrels-a-day Marifu refinery in Yamaguchi prefecture.

Showa Shell said it halted shipments at its 120,000 barrels- a-day Seibu refinery in Yamaguchi prefecture and its 240,000 barrels-a-day Yokkaichi refinery in Mie prefecture.

Chugoku Electric Power Co., which supplies electricity to more than 5 million customers in central Japan, had 775 customers in three prefectures without power earlier in the day, said company spokesman Daisuke Nakada.

Okinawa Prefecture's Fire and Disaster Prevention Division wasn't aware of any power outages because of the typhoon, said Nozomu Tamaki, an official at the division.

To contact the reporters on this story:
Hector Forster in Tokyo at hforster@bloomberg.net and Meggan Richard in Tokyo at
2423 or mrichard3@bloomberg.net.
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#149 Postby Innotech » Mon Aug 30, 2004 6:47 pm

I have a question regarding Japanese typhoons...
Arent most homes made of...wood and paper? what happens to those in such a storm? that has to be devastating...
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Super Typhoon Chaba Exits Stage After Terrorising Pacific

#150 Postby Cyclone Runner » Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:48 am

After a long 2 week journey terrorising Guam, the Northern Marianas and Japan and being the subject of a near-record 51 JTWC Warnings, Super Typhoon Chaba has almost transitioned extratropical as it heads to the cold North Pacific off of Hokkaido. Chaba was the strongest storm this year with sustained winds of 160 kts at the strongest w of the Marianas and one of the strongest storms in the last decade.


Seven dead as Typhoon Chaba hits Japan
Tue 31 August, 2004 10:00


TOKYO (Reuters) - Typhoon Chaba has smashed into the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido after raking much of the country with torrential rain and high winds, leaving at least seven people dead and four missing.

The typhoon, one of the strongest to hit Japan this year, came ashore on Hokkaido some time after 2 p.m. (6.00 a.m. British time). Heavy rain of up to 60 mm (2 inches) an hour was forecast in some areas, with expectations of 150 to 200 mm by late Tuesday night.

Peak wind speeds, however, had fallen to 108 km (67 miles) an hour, which by international standards made it a tropical storm, and it was expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression on Wednesday.

At one point on Monday Chaba had generated winds of up to 210 km (130 miles) per hour as it crossed the southwestern island of Kyushu, near the highest on record for the area.

The latest death was an 82-year-old woman found dead in her flooded home in Okayama prefecture in western Japan.

The others killed included an elderly man who fell from a storehouse roof, two men who died when their truck was washed away and a man found trapped in a car on a flooded street.

Four crew members of a Vietnamese cargo ship were missing after the vessel ran aground on Monday near Shikoku island.

High winds triggered by the storm caused damage over a wide swathe of Japan. Himeji Castle, a landmark in western Japan famous for its white walls, sustained damage after plaster fell in several places.

As of 3 p.m. (0600 GMT), the centre of the storm was near the city of Iwamizawa on Hokkaido. It was travelling northeast at 65 km per hour and expected to head out into the Pacific early on Wednesday after crossing Hokkaido.

Some 2,700 people had left their homes to be safe from the storm, and local authorities had also urged 4,800 people to evacuate, NHK said, adding that over 200 around the country had been injured by the typhoon.

Tohoku Electric Power said the typhoon had caused blackouts in around 16,000 homes in northern Japan in the morning.

It caused more disruption to transport, with most flights to the north of the country cancelled on Tuesday, Kyodo news agency said. More than 750 domestic flights were cancelled on Monday.

Some bullet train services in northern Japan were operating at a reduced speed, causing minor delays, NHK said, adding that a number of local train lines in northern Japan including Hokkaido had stopped services.

Japan Energy Corp. said it had shut its Mizushima oil refinery in western Japan due to flooding caused by the typhoon.

The northwest Pacific is regularly hit by typhoons at this time of the year and Chaba -- which means "hibiscus" in Thai -- is the 16th to affect the region this year.

The arrival of the storm coincides with the highest tides of the year, increasing concerns about flood damage.

Chaba is following a similar route to Typhoon Megi, which set off landslides and flooding that killed 10 people in Japan and at least three in South Korea earlier this month.

Another storm, Typhoon Songda, is brewing in the Pacific and also appears to be headed for southern Japan in the next week.



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