Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Noul

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that the Japan Meteorological Agency and the Kadena Weather Authority at Kadena Air Base are tracking Typhoon Noul in the Western Pacific.

As of 10 a.m. on Monday, May 11, Typhoon Noul continues on a northeast track through the Western Pacific Ocean and will affect Okinawa and its outlying islands (including Ishigaki, Miyako, and Yonaguni) as a Category 1 or 2 storm from the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 12. Okinawa is expected to experience sustained winds of up to 92 miles per hour and gusts of up to 115 miles per hour. Heavy rain and strong winds can be expected across the entire region.

The Kadena Weather Authority is in Tropical Cyclone Condition Of Readiness (TCCOR) and is currently at TCCOR 2, meaning that destructive winds of 50 knots (approx. 58 mph) or greater are anticipated within 24 hours.

Consulate General Naha will be closed to the public on Tuesday, May 12. U.S. citizens with appointments will be offered rescheduled appointments at the next available opportunity. U.S. Consulate General Naha expects to return to normal business hours on Wednesday, May 13 following passage of Typhoon Noul.

Current forecasts indicate Typhoon Noul will reach Kyushu and its outlying islands on Tuesday, May 12 and then move on a northeastern track along the islands of Shikoku and Honshu. 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.

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.