Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Malakas (No. 16)

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Malakas (Typhoon No. 16) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture. Malakas is forecast to make landfall near Ishigaki Island and Iriomote Island in Okinawa Prefecture early September 17, and then move on to Southern and Western Japan as it proceeds towards Honshu.

The storm may affect neighboring islands including Yonaguni Island, Miyakojima Island, Kumejima Island, and Okinawa Island. In conjunction with this storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency has issued high wave advisories for all of Okinawa Prefecture.

U.S. Military installations on Okinawa have updated their Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) to TCCOR 3, meaning destructive winds are possible within 48 hours.

Heavy rainfall and winds may cause landslides in some areas. Transportation may be disrupted in affected areas. If you are traveling, please confirm your schedule with your airline or train line as the storm may cause unexpected delays.

The Japan Meteorological Service’s Typhoon tracking information may be found in English at this webpage. Information about Typhoon Malakas 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.


11-5, Nishitenma 2-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543
Tel: 06-6315-5912
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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 International Center Bldg. 6th floor, 1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001
Tel (052) 581-4501
Fax: (052) 581-3190
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Tel: 092-751-9331
Fax: 092-725-3772
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Tel: 011-641-1115
Fax: 011-643-1283
Serving Americans in Akita, Aomori, Hokkaido, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.

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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