Projected impacts of Typhoon Trami on Japan, 27 September 2018. Graphic: AccuWeather

By Eric Leister
27 September 2018

(AccuWeather) – Trami will threaten lives and property as it slams the Ryukyu Islands and barrels into mainland Japan with destructive winds, flooding rain and an inundating storm surge Friday night into Monday.

The powerful typhoon is currently equal to a Category 3 major hurricane in the Atlantic or East Pacific oceans and expected to hold that intensity through this weekend.

Residents should be making the necessary precautions to protect themselves and property against the dangerous typhoon. Those living in coastal communities and in flood-prone areas should pay attention to local authorities and heed evacuation orders.

At this time, all locations in Japan are at risk for impacts from Trami in the coming days.

"Trami remains on track to blast the Ryukyu Islands Friday night into Sunday morning, with mainland Japan bracing for the blow Sunday into Monday," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

The Ryukyu Islands from Okinawa northward and areas from southern Kyushu to Shikoku and south-central Honshu are expected to endure the most severe impacts.

Residents in these communities could be left without power or water for days or weeks in the wake of Trami. Travel via air, rail and roads can be shut down for a time.

Well-built homes can endure major roof or siding damage. Additional property damage can occur as many trees may be downed. Roads littered with tree damage can delay power restoration.

"Time is running out for preparations in the Ryukyu Islands," Pydynowski said. […]

"These islands are expected to be slammed with destructive wind gusts of 160-225 km/h (100-140 mph) and flooding rain," said Pydynowski. "Dangerous seas building to heights in excess of 10 meters (34 feet) can severely flood coastal communities." […]

"Storm surge flooding along the entire southern coast of Japan will further threaten lives and property Sunday into Sunday night," she added. […]

With a projected landfall, Trami would be the eighth named storm to strike Japan this year, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls. "There are signs that a ninth may follow next week."

"Out of the seven storms before Trami, six were typhoons," Nicholls added. "The record for landfalling typhoons in Japan is 10 from 2004." [more]

Powerful Typhoon Trami to slam Japan with life-threatening impacts

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