Emergency Message – Super Typhoon Vongfong

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the Japan Meteorological Agency have issued alerts for Super Typhoon Vongfong, which as of 2 a.m. local time on Friday, Oct. 10 is located approximately 300 miles south of Okinawa.

The Kadena Weather Authority at the U.S. Air Force’s Kadena Air Base on Okinawa is in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 3, but expects to move to TCCOR 1 late Friday or early Saturday.

If Super Typhoon Vongfong continues as forecast, damaging winds of 50 knots (57 mph) or greater are anticipated to occur from mid-day Saturday, Oct. 11, through the morning of Sunday, Oct. 12. The strongest winds on Okinawa are expected to be sustained at 75 knots (86 mph), with gusts to 100 knots (115mph).

For further details, see the Joint Typhoon Warning Center’s Tropical Cyclone Warning.

Please be aware that there is always a possibility that this storm will change course or intensify. Heavy rain and strong winds can be expected across the entire region. These can cause flooding and landslides.

We will continue to monitor Typhoon Vongfang’s track and will issue updated messages. Please monitor the storm’s projected path by consulting media sources and the Japan Meteorological Agency website as well as the Kadena Weather website.

Armed Forces Network (AFN) radio provides regular weather bulletins. You can listen to AFN on 89.1 FM in Okinawa, on 1575 AM in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and on 810 AM in the Kanto Region. It is always wise to stock up on food and typhoon supplies in advance of potential typhoons.

If a storm approaches, be sure to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Carry your travel documents at all times (e.g., U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location. You should also contact friends and family in the United States with updates on your whereabouts.

Additional information on storm preparedness may be found on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Updated information on travel in Japan may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website for updated information. Please consult the Country Specific Information Sheet for Japan, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

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.