Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Phanfone

The Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Eastern Japan, including the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya consular districts, that the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the Japan Meteorological Agency are tracking Typhoon Phanfone in the Northwestern Pacific.

As of October 3, Phanfone continues on a northerly track through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean but is expected to veer to the west parallel to the eastern coast of Honshu over the coming weekend. There is a possibility that the storm may affect areas in central and eastern Japan, including the Kansai, Kanto and Chubu regions, as a Category 1 storm over the weekend and continuing through Monday, October 6. U.S. citizens living and traveling in Japan should take this information into account.

As of Friday, October 3, U.S. Navy Fleet Activities Yokosuka and its properties remain in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 4, indicating that a possible threat of destructive winds of 50 knots (57 mph) or greater will occur in 72 hours and recommending that persons living in affected areas evaluate their preparations.

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. Persons in affected areas should be aware that heavy rains and strong winds can cause flooding and landslides.

We will continue to monitor Typhoon Phanfone’s track. 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.