Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Lionrock

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens in the Tokyo region that Typhoon LIONROCK (Tropical Cyclone 10) is expected to bring heavy rain and sustained winds up to 30 mph, with 60-mph gusts, to the region beginning in the evening of Monday, August 29 and continuing throughout Tuesday, August 30.

Storm tides, heavy rainfall, damaging winds, and flooding may occur, and transportation may be disrupted. If you are traveling, please confirm your schedule with your airline or train line as the storm may cause unexpected delays.

In conjunction with this storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency has issued high wave warnings and gale advisories for Shizuoka prefecture and the Izu and Ogasawara islands, and high wave and gale advisories for Chiba, Ibaraki, Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures. The Japan Meteorological Agency has also issued a heavy rain and landslide warning for Nagano prefecture. U.S. citizens in those areas of Japan should exercise particular caution. The Embassy recommends monitoring all advisories and warnings issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

According to current projections, Lionrock will make landfall in Miyagi prefecture near Sendai at approximately 3:00 p.m. JST on August 30, and continue in a northwesterly direction. Lionrock is forecast to remain a Category 1 typhoon as it makes landfall, with 81-mph sustained winds and 98-mph gusts.

Misawa Air Base in Aomori prefecture and Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa prefecture remain at Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 3, meaning destructive winds are possible within 48 hours.

The Japan Meteorological Service’s Typhoon tracking information may be found in English at this webpage. Information about Tropical Storm Mindulle is also available from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Note that the current Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) for U.S. military installations on Okinawa may be found online here.

Kadena Airbase also has tropical cyclone forecast information at this site.

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.

For further information about security in Japan:

U.S. Embassy Tokyo
American Citizen Services
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
Tel: 03-3224-5000
After Hours: 03-3224-5000
Fax: 03-3224-5856

The U.S. Embassy serves Americans in Tokyo, Chiba, Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Yamagata and Yamanashi.

Consulates:

Osaka-Kobe
11-5, Nishitenma 2-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543
Tel: 06-6315-5912
Fax: 06-6315-5914
Serving Americans in Osaka, Aichi, Ehime, Fukui, Gifu, Hiroshima, Hyogo, Ishikawa, Kagawa, Kochi, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Okayama, Shimane, Shiga, Tokushima, Tottori, Toyama, and Wakayama prefectures.

Nagoya
Nagoya International Center Bldg. 6th floor, 1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001
Tel (052) 581-4501
Fax: (052) 581-3190
Providing emergency consular services only (including death and arrest cases) for Americans living in Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures.

Fukuoka
5-26, Ohori 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052
Tel: 092-751-9331
Fax: 092-725-3772
Serving Americans in Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and Yamaguchi prefectures.

Sapporo
Kita 1-jo, Nishi 28-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821
Tel: 011-641-1115
Fax: 011-643-1283
Serving Americans in Akita, Aomori, Hokkaido, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.

Naha
2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe City, Okinawa 901-2104
Phone: 098.876.4211
Fax: 098.876.4243
Serving Americans in Okinawa and the Amami Oshima Island group.

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