Emergency Message: Typhoon Goni (TY 15) and Closure of Consulate Naha

This message is to inform U.S. citizens in Japan that the Japan Meteorological Agency and the Kadena Weather Authority at U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base are tracking Typhoon Goni in the Western Pacific.

As of 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 21, Typhoon Goni continues tracking west through the Western Pacific Ocean and will affect Okinawa and its outlying islands late morning on Sunday, August 23. Okinawa is expected to experience peak sustained winds of up to 69 miles per hour and gusts of up to 92 miles per hour. Heavy rain and strong winds can be expected across the entire region.

As of 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 21, The Joint Typhoon Warning Center projected onset of destructive winds of 35 knots (approx. 40 mph) or greater are anticipated on Okinawa beginning at approximately 10 a.m. Monday, August 21. U.S. Consulate General Naha expects to close should the Kadena Weather Authority declare Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 1 Caution, meaning winds of 35-49 knots sustained are occurring at a particular installation.

Consulate General Naha will be closed to the public on Monday, August 24. Consulate General Naha expects to return to normal business hours on Tuesday, August 25, following the passage of Typhoon Goni.

Uncertainty remains regarding Typhoon Goni’s track but current forecasts indicate it will pass just southwest of Kyushu on Tuesday night August 26, and then move on a northeastern track into the Sea of Japan, bringing heavy winds and rain. U.S. citizens living and traveling in Japan should take this information into account. Please also be aware there is a possibility that the typhoon will change course.

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.

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.

Travelers should refer to the Department of State’s 2015 Travel Alert on the Hurricane and Typhoon season.

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

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Japan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or the nearest U.S. Consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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.