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Alert: Tropical Storm Mirinae and Tropical Depression 12W
August 6, 2021

The U.S. Embassy is monitoring three weather disturbances near Japan. Tropical Strom Nida has turned away from Japan and will move out over the Pacific Ocean. Tropical Depression 12W has weakened off the coast of Kyushu, but rains remain likely across the area. Tropical Storm Mirinae is expected to bring high winds, dangerous storm tides, and heavy rainfall to central and northeastern Japan beginning August 6, 2021.

Based on the current trajectory, Tropical Storm Mirinae is not expected to make landfall on Japan, but rains and thunderstorms will begin Saturday night. According to the current forecast, coastal areas could see easterly-northeasterly winds peaking at 47 to 56 kilometers per hour (29-35 MPH) and maximum gusts of 74 kilometers per hour (46 MPH).

The Japan Meteorological Service’s typhoon tracking information may be found in English online here. Information is also available from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone areas, prepare by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, medications, and vital documents. Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies. U.S. citizens throughout Japan should pay careful attention to trusted local media and follow the instructions of local authorities in preparing for these storms.

If moving to a shelter, please ensure that you continue to follow instructions regarding social distancing and other mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If relocating for weather-related reasons, the U.S. Embassy encourages you to contact friends and family in the United States to let them know you are safe.

All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports, follow directions from local officials and take other appropriate actions as needed.

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Additional Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Tokyo
Telephone: 03-3224-5000, After-Hours: 03-3224-5000
Email: TokyoACS@state.gov

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