Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Wipha


Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Wipha

by: U.S. Embassy Tokyo | .
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published: October 15, 2013

The Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan, including Okinawa and its outlying islands, that the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and the Japan Meteorological Agency are tracking Typhoon Wipha (Typhoon No. 26/25W) in the Western Pacific. As of October 15, Typhoon Wipha is changing to a north-northeast trajectory through the Western Pacific Ocean as a Category 2 storm. Affected areas can expect to see sustained winds of between 65 and 75 knots (approx. 75-86 mph) and gusts of up to 95 knots (approx. 109 mph) late Tuesday, October 15, and on Wednesday, October 16. Current forecasts say that Typhoon Wipha will affect most of Japan, from Okinawa and its outlying islands to Hokkaido. U.S. citizens living and traveling in Japan should take this information into account.
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.

We will continue to monitor Typhoon Wipha’s track. Please monitor the storm’s projected path by consulting media sources and the Japan Meteorological Agency website as well as the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center 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.
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: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1207.html
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 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Please consult the Country Specific Information Sheet for Japan, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1148.html.

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 listed below:
U.S. Embassy Tokyo
American Citizen Services
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
Tel: 03-3224-5000 (24 Hours)
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, 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 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; Tel: 092-751-9331, Fax: 092-713-9222; serving Americans in Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and Yamaguchi prefectures.
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.
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.