The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Prapiroon (Typhoon No. 7) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture and Amami Islands in southern Kagoshima Prefecture beginning early Saturday, June 30, and continuing through late Sunday, July 1. The storm may affect neighboring islands including Kumejima Island. In conjunction with this storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency may issue high wave advisories and gale warnings for the affected regions.
As of 9:00 AM on Friday, June 29, U.S. Military installations on Okinawa have updated their Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) to TCCOR 3, meaning destructive winds are possible within 48 hours.
Locations from Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands and Amami Islands in Kagoshima Prefecture can still expect heavy rainfall and sustained winds over 30 mph with gusts reaching 47-70 mph beginning June 30. If the storm continues as forecast, from July 1through July 2 it may affect coastal regions southern and eastern Kyushu, as it moves north.
Heavy rainfall and winds may cause landslides in some areas. Transportation may be disrupted in affected areas. If you are traveling, please confirm your schedule with your airline or train line as the storm may cause unexpected delays.
The Japan Meteorological Service’s Typhoon tracking information may be found in English at this webpage: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/. Information about the latest typhoon is also available from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at https://metoc.ndbc.noaa.gov/jtwc.
Note that the current Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) for U.S. military installations on Okinawa and tropical cyclone forecast information is available online here.
All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Japan should monitor local weather reports, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed.
For further information about security in Japan:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Japan Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of either the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or one of the U.S. Consulates in Japan.
U.S. Embassy Tokyo
American Citizen Services
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
After Hours: 03-3224-5000
The U.S. Embassy serves Americans in Tokyo, Chiba, Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Yamagata and Yamanashi.
11-5, Nishitenma 2-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543
Serving Americans in Osaka, Aichi, Ehime, Fukui, Gifu, Hiroshima, Hyogo, Ishikawa, Kagawa, Kochi, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Okayama, Shimane, Shiga, Tokushima, Tottori, Toyama, and Wakayama prefectures.
Nagoya International Center Bldg. 6th floor
1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001
Tel (052) 581-4501
Fax: (052) 581-3190
Providing emergency consular services only (including death and arrest cases) for Americans living in Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures.
5-26, Ohori 2-chome
Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052
Serving Americans in Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and Yamaguchi prefectures.
Kita 1-jo, Nishi 28-chome
Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821
Serving Americans in Akita, Aomori, Hokkaido, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.
2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe City
Serving Americans in Okinawa and the Amami Oshima Island group