Super Typhoon Jebi to deal Japan another dangerous blow by midweek

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Super Typhoon Jebi to deal Japan another dangerous blow by midweek

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Super Typhoon Jebi to deal Jap an another dangerous blow by midweek
By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
August 31, 2018, 2:07:39 PM EDT

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Residents of Japan's Honshu Island should be making preparations as Super Typhoon Jebi is expected to threaten lives and property next Tuesday into Wednesday.

Jebi is expected to strengthen into the equivalent of a powerful Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans this weekend.

Boats, including large vessels, will have to reroute their courses around the extremely rough seas being stirred by Jebi across the central and northern Philippine Sea.

While no land will be affected by Jebi this weekend, residents of Honshu should be preparing for a direct hit.

"Damaging winds and coastal flooding may be the most significant impacts with this storm," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty.

Risk Aug 31


Jebi is anticipated to slam into central or eastern Honshu on Tuesday, local time, before racing toward Hokkaido into Wednesday.

The super typhoon will create dangerous seas for swimmers and boaters at the Ryukyu Islands and along Japan's southern coast as soon as this weekend.

"While we expect some weakening as Jebi nears landfall in Japan, it should still have the equivalent strength to that of a Category 3 hurricane," Douty stated.

"Highest sustained winds at landfall can be about 175-210 km/h (110-130 mph), which will have the potential to cause significant damage," he said. "Some w ind gusts near the coast could be higher than this."

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The current forecast track of Jebi, which has been fairly consistent, puts the prefectures of Mie, Aichi and Shizuoka at greatest risk of a direct landfall and the most destructive winds. This includes the cities of Shima and Hamamatsu.

Well-built homes and businesses can sustain major damage, especially to roofs. Many trees can be snapped or uprooted, which can further damage property. Widespread power outages and water shortages can last for several days or weeks in the areas hit hardest by Jebi's destructive winds.

Downed trees and power lines can block roads, significantly delaying storm cleanup and recovery.

Jebi track Aug 31


The southern coast of Japan, near and east of where Jebi slams onshore, can also face life-threatening storm surge flooding. Residents in coastal areas, including those around Ise Bay, should prepare to evacuate and do so when orders are given by authorities.

The quick movement of Jebi may limit major flooding, but flash flooding and mudslides are still concerns in the mountains of central Honshu where an AccuWeather Local StormMaxâ„¢ of 400 mm (16 inches) of rain is anticipated.

Damaging winds, widespread tree damage, prolonged power outages and flash flooding may not be confined to areas where Jebi makes landfall.

"Outside of where Jebi moves inland, wind gusts of 115-145 km/h (70-90 mph) may be more common across central and eastern Honshu," according to Douty.

Gusts can be around the high end of that range in Tokyo even if the city escapes the heaviest rainfall.

Windows of skyscrapers can get knocked out with the falling glass creating more hazards for people on the city streets below. Based on the latest projected path, the worst of Jebi is expected to batter Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

There can be major disruptions to travel as rail, ferry and flight services may be forced to shut down for a time. Air travelers planning to fly through Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Tuesday may want to consider rescheduling.

Schools and non-essential businesses may clo se.

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This satellite image shows the eye of Super Typhoon Jebi in the Western Pacific around 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 Japan time. (Photo/NOAA)


"Jebi should rapidly weaken while tracking across northern Japan into Wednesday, though it can still be a typhoon during much of its path," Douty said.

Douty warns of isolated wind damage and localized flooding and mudslides across northern Honshu and into Hokkaido Tuesday night into Wednesday. Seas will also become dangerous around these areas.

Download the free AccuWeather app to stay aware of the dangers associated with Jebi.

"By Wednesday night, Jebi is expected to curve into far southeastern Russia and eventually dissipate during the second half of the week," Douty said.

Destruction caused by Jebi would further put a strain on Japan’s disaster recovery budget. Japan has already been hit hard by other tropical systems, historic flooding and a deadly heat wave this year.

"Jebi would be the seventh named storm to impact Japan this year and comes on the heels of Cimaron, which slammed into Japan late last week," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

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