Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Nangka

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that the Japan Meteorological Agency and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center are tracking Typhoon Nangka in the Western Pacific. As of 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2015, Typhoon Nangka continues on a northwest track through the Western Pacific Ocean and is expected to make landfall over Shikoku early on Friday morning. The storm will affect Shikoku, Kyushu and southwest Honshu as a Category 1 or 2 storm from the evening hours of Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Shikoku is expected to experience sustained winds of up to 81 miles per hour and gusts of up to 98 miles per hour. Heavy rain and strong winds can be expected across the entire region. The storm is expected to move on a northern track into the Sea of Japan (East Sea). 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.

The Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni is in Tropical Cyclone Condition Of Readiness (TCCOR) and is currently at TCCOR 3, meaning that destructive winds of 50 knots (approx. 58 mph) or greater are anticipated within 48 hours.

We will continue to monitor Typhoon Nangka’s track. Please monitor the storm’s projected path by consulting media sources and the following websites:

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.