The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Lan (currently situated east of the Philippines), could strengthen between Friday and Saturday as it passes east of the Philippines and Taiwan and may impact Japan this weekend. The official forecast from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center is that Typhoon Lan could reach super typhoon intensity by Friday — meaning its top winds will reach at least 150 mph. Typhoon Lan could make a close brush with Okinawa over the weekend, although the storm’s core — containing its most violent winds — are expected to pass just to its east. Locations from Okinawa northward in the Ryukyu Islands can still expect heavy rainfall and sustained winds over 40 mph with gusts reaching 80 mph beginning Saturday.
Typhoon Lan is then forecast to continue northward, tracking near or over eastern Honshu, and may pass dangerously close to the Greater Tokyo area Tuesday. Despite some weakening before reaching mainland Japan, Typhoon Lan is expected to be a powerful typhoon and has the potential to produce widespread flooding, destructive winds and mudslides. It is too soon to pinpoint Typhoon Lan’s exact location five days from now but the entirety of Japan should be alert and monitor the storm.
The Japan Meteorological Service’s Typhoon tracking information may be found in English at this webpage: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/. Information about Typhoon Lan is also available from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at https://metoc.ndbc.noaa.gov/jtwc.
All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Japan should monitor local weather reports, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed.
For further information about security in Japan:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Japan Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- 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.
U.S. Embassy Tokyo
American Citizen Services
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
After Hours: 03-3224-5000
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
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
Providing emergency consular services only (including death and arrest cases) for Americans living in Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures.
5-26, Ohori 2-chome
Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052
Serving Americans in Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and Yamaguchi prefectures.
Kita 1-jo, Nishi 28-chome
Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821
Serving Americans in Akita, Aomori, Hokkaido, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.
2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe City
Serving Americans in Okinawa and the Amami Oshima Island group