Japan is a very peaceful country and to many, a comfortable place to live. However, nothing is perfect. As developed as Japan is, it is a country with frequent threats of natural disasters.
During the summer, the period from July to September is known as typhoon season and Japan suffers every year. If you’ve already experienced typhoons in Japan, you can understand why strong wind and heavy rain can be quite scary.
This article will show you 3 major things you must know to prepare as the typhoon is approaching in Japan and how to avoid danger from typhoons.
1. What is a Typhoon?
For those who have never heard of the word “typhoon” before, you can understand it as something a little smaller than a hurricane. The weather conditions with really heavy rain and strong winds are referred to as typhoon and it happens from tropical low pressures storm gaining momentum and exceeding 17m/second wind speeds. In Japan, the summer is the season with most typhoons. Japanese number each typhoon in the order they came in such as “Typhoon No.20” which was reaching the Kyushu area this week.
2. Check the Weather Forecast Constantly During Summer
A very important thing you must bear in mind is that there are times typhoon occurs unpredictably.
If you’re spending the summer season in Japan, try to check the weather forecast every day to see if there is an approaching storm. Checking the weather forecast is really important in Japan, because if a natural disaster happens, it may ruin your vacation plans. Even if you’ve planned your summer events in advance, you may have to turn to plan B due to sudden typhoons.
Japanese weather forecast announces the typhoon information with a map of 1-week projected course either on TV, mobile apps, or on the internet so people can be aware of a typhoon 1 week beforehand. However, sometimes the typhoon changes its path suddenly and at the worst, there might be several typhoons at once in your area.
3. What if a Typhoon Reaches the Place You Live?
Even when a typhoon is coming toward Japan, people in places that the typhoon does not directly move pass won’t have any problems. But what if the typhoon is hitting the place where you live?
If you notice a typhoon is moving toward the place you live or close to your residing area, please bear in mind the following instructions in preparation for typhoons.
1. Reschedule Your Plans
If you notice a typhoon is approaching and may hit on the date you have plans, try to reschedule your plans to other dates and make plan B to stay at home during this period.
Don’t underestimate the power of typhoon since it can cause delay or stop transportation. Depending on the severity of the storm, if you can’t change your planned schedule and attempt to go outside, you may face the risk of getting stuck somewhere with no moving trains. Even when traveling by taxi, it is possible the taxi driver cannot drive well in the stormy weather and you will risk running into accidents.
In some circumstances transportation such as cars, buses or trains are not to use in a typhoon and staying at home is the safest solution to avoid getting stuck outside.
2. Check Your Balcony
If you have a home garden or furniture on your balcony at your home, try to put them inside or move them to the inside corner of the balcony, closest to your home. The strong wind and heavy rain can easily topple over or, worst case scenario, blow away your flower pots. Furniture may fall down and hit someone on the street or even be blown backward to hit the windows of your house.
Your actions and consideration avoids damage to your property and ensures the protection of other.
3. Don’t Use the Elevator
If the typhoon is hitting your area directly, it’s wise not to use elevators.
For those who think Tokyo city is pretty safe and there is no need to worry about typhoons, we advise staying on the cautious side. The power cable may blow down due to bad weather, and if you’re inside the elevator, you may even get stuck.
It might take more effort to go up and down the stairs but it’s much safer, and staying inside an elevator waiting for the rescue can be much more exhausting, don’t you think?
No one likes typhoons but let’s face it with caution. Waiting patiently at your home until the typhoon passes is the safest choice. The good thing about typhoons is that you can have sunny, clear weather the day after it!
Japanese people always feel relieved to have a clear sky and to recognize that the typhoon is finally over. Please watch out for the typhoons reaching toward Japan this week and take care.