Typhoon Trami strengthens; Japan on alert

Typhoon Trami sustains a fearsome state over Japan
29 Sep 2018

Typhoon Trami, a Category 2-equivalent storm, has placed ‘Okinawa’ in a prolonged period of Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1-E lockdown, as reported on 29th September 2018. Approaching the Island from Southwest, the Kadena Air Base forecasts, 70-mph southeasterly winds blowing at 80-mph todaymorning. It further calls for a southwest shift, at 110-mph gusting to 130-mph by the noon. Expected to traverse northwest at 70-mph to 80-mph on early Sunday, Trami will further cause extreme weather conditions across the country intoMonday.

The TCCOR 1-E period is not yet assigned but the people are ordered to remain indoors until seasonal TCCOR 4 resumes.

Evacuations to shelters and rescue operations, were carried out for almost 600 people, following an electricity cut to more than 121,000 homes. A total of 386 flights were called off in Western Japan, with warnings of ‘violent winds, high waves and heavy rains’.

At Kagoshima bay, preparations are made preceding the expected landfall of the typhoon. The event will be the latest addition to the series of extreme natural events that struck the country. The storm is predicted to rip through the Japanese archipelago in the next two days.
The Eye wall of Typhoon Trami has changed but the intensity continues to be monstrous. The typhoon had shot up to Category 5 typhoon on Monday midnight, and at present remains a Category 4, with a wind speed being 155mph. With a shift in the course, Trami is predicted to make a landfall by Friday on some of the regions of Japan, including the Ryuku islands, where over 1.5 million people are inhabited. The winds could pummel the island for hours, before it continues moving towards Shanghai, China.

As of 8:00 HKT (Hong Kong Time) on September 24, 2018, the typhoon which emerged as a tropical storm turned into ‘Super typhoon’ sustaining a maximum speed of 115 miles per hour. It was feared that Taiwan may have to deal with its ruinous dead-on impact, however now the probability has diminished. Although, the region may face heavy rains. It was only a week ago that the tumultuous Typhoon Mangkhut had caused wreckage in many regions of Philippines, Hong Kong and China, and it was the worst ever for the region of Hong Kong. The slow motion of the winds might provide enough time for disaster risk management councils to take actions accordingly, so the people remain safe.

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