Typhoon Cimaron slams into mainland Japan with flooding rain, damaging winds

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Typhoon Cimaron slams into mainland Japan with flooding rain, damaging winds

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Typhoon Cimaron slam s into mainland Japan with flooding rain, damaging winds
By Adam Douty, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
August 23, 2018, 10:30:44 AM EDT

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Typhoon Cimaron is threatening lives and property across western Japan by unloading flooding rain and damaging winds. The storm will then aim at northern Japan to end the week.

While Soulik bypassed mainland Japan to the south, Typhoon Cimaron is making a direct hit.

The storm made its first landfall in eastern Shikoku on Thursday evening, local time, with its strength equal to a Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific basins.

Winds gusted to 163 km/h (101 mph) at Muroto-misaki as Cimaron came onshore.

Cimaron landfall

This radar image shows Typhoon Cimaron moving into Shikoku on Thursday evening. (Image/AccuWeather)


Cimaron will continue to sweep torrential rain and damaging winds across eastern Shikoku and central Honshu on Thursday night.

Power outages are expected, and some areas may be without power for several days. Roadways may be impassible due to downed trees.

Cimaron will also bring the risk for inundating storm surge, flooding rainfall and mudslides.

Some of the areas enduring Cimaron's fury were devastated by the historic flooding in early July.

While the region has had time to dry out in the wake of that extreme rain event, mu dslides can easily be triggered where the ground remains unstable or lacks thick vegetation.

New Cimaron track Aug 23


The extensive cleanup and recovery work done by residents and crews in the flood disaster areas could be reversed.

Three students from Shizuoka University are missing from a beach in the city of Shizuoka. Police fear the three were swept away by pounding waves stirred by the typhoon, according to the Japan Times.

More than 300 flights have been canceled at the airports in the Shikoku and Kinki regions. Rail service has also been affected.

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Once Cimaron reaches the Sea of Japan, a turn to the northeast is expected which will then bring a bout of windswept heavy rain to Hokkaido from late Friday into early Saturday.

Flooding and mudslides will remain a concern as 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) of rain with an AccuWeather Local StormMax of 200 mm (8 inches) in the higher terrain sweeps across the southern part of the island.

The heaviest rain may remain south of Sapporo, but downpours can still cre ate travel hazards by reducing visibility and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning when traveling at highway speeds.

Cimaron Friday


Gusty winds accompanying the heavy rain may also lead to tree damage and power outages across southern Hokkaido. Wind gusts should generally be on the order of 65-95 km/h (40-60 mph), though gusts to 110 km/h (70 mph) may whip the island's southwestern tip.

The rain and wind may also clip far northern Honshu.

Download the free AccuWeather app to stay aware of flood dangers.

During the weekend, Cimaron will race away from Hokkaido and Soulik may graze the northe rn part of the island with some rain.

Friday into Saturday, a couple of showers and thunderstorms will persist across parts of central Honshu and Shikoku hit hard by Cimaron. Any downpours can trigger new flooding problems.

Sunday is expected to be largely dry with very isolated thunderstorms.

AccuWeather meteorologists will be monitoring the potential for an increase in downpours next week.

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