Japan Sounds Emergency Warning As "Once In Decades" Supertyphoon Neoguri Approaches

Tyler Durden's picture

Hurricane Arthur may have been, pardon us Jamie Dimon, a "tempest in a teapot" fizzling quietly in the Atlantic, but halfway around the world, a far greater storm is currently picking up speed and barreling toward Japan. As Reuters reports, Typhoon Neoguri, described as a "once in decades storm" is set to rake the Okinawa island chain with heavy rain and powerful winds. Typhoon Neoguri was already gusting at more than 250 km an hour (150 mph) and may pick up still more power as it moves northwest, growing into an "extremely intense" storm by Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

The storm was south of Okinawa but moving northwest at 25 kph (16 mph) with sustained winds of 180 kph (110 mph) by 7:00 p.m. (1000 GMT), the JMA said on its web site.

The JMA official urged people in the target areas to evacuate early and take precautions. Television showed fishermen winching their boats out of the water. A forecast of the storm path is shown below:

As Bloomberg added moments ago, the nation’s Meteorological Agency issued an emergency warning
for high waves for most of Okinawa prefecture, including the capital. Storm intensity is forecast to increase to violent from very strong, move toward Japan’s main islands. Gale, storm surge, heavy rain, high wave and thunderstorm warnings ore advisories are in effect for all of Okinawa. Heavy
rain warnings are in effect for portions of Kyushu, Japan’s
southernmost main island, and for southwestern portions of Honshu,
Japan’s main island

The good news: Neoguri is at not expected to be as strong as Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines last year. The bad news: the damage and devastation will still be substantial, which for a country where GDP just cratered following the March tax hike and which many believe has already entered recession, is just what the Keynesian doctor ordered.

What is worse (or better depending on one's point of view) is that US military assets are right in the path of the hurricane: the JMA  said on Monday evening it also planned to issue an emergency high sea warning for Okinawa island, host to three-quarters of U.S. military facilities in Japan. The commander at Kadena Air Base, one of the largest U.S. military establishments on Okinawa, warned that damaging winds were expected by early Tuesday.

"I can't stress enough how dangerous this typhoon may be when it hits Okinawa," Brigadier General James Hecker wrote on the base's Facebook page on Sunday. "This is not just another typhoon."

"In these regions, there is a chance of the kinds of storms, high seas, storm surges and heavy rains that you've never experienced before," a JMA official told a news conference. "This is an extraordinary situation, where a grave danger is approaching."

Clearly, Japan needs some training in panic-prevention. It certainly will come in handy when the failure of Abenomics finally "trickles down" through to the Nikkei.

The silver lining is that there is no (well, this is Japan, so make that little) chance of a Fukushima repeat: there are no nuclear plants on Okinawa, but there are two on Kyushu, Japan's westernmost main island that lies in the area through which the typhoon is likely to pass, and one on Shikoku island, which borders Kyushu and could also be affected.

All are halted in line with current national policy. A spokeswoman at Kyushu Electric Power Co said there were no specific plans related to this typhoon but the company had plans in place year-round to protect the plants from severe weather.

As for the wealth creation addicts: the Nikkei 225 will keep trading no matter what.

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stant's picture

It's the weather again

RockRiver's picture

This oughta help clean up that pesky radiation.....

Manthong's picture

There will be a lot of broken windows there.  

Krugman will be pleased.

Joe Davola's picture

I'm not even sure Hurricane Arthur was enough to keep Brew Thru from opening on time on the 4th.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



All are halted in line with current national policy. A spokeswoman at Kyushu Electric Power Co said there were no specific plans related to this typhoon but the company had plans in place year-round to protect the plants from severe weather.

But the fuel rods remain stored in elevated swimming pools, just like at Fukushima, and at nuclear power plants across the United States thanks to Senator Harry Reid.

Anusocracy's picture

Not to worry.

Supertyphoon Abe already wrecked Japan.

Laowei Gweilo's picture

just in time to save them from the chines.... mongols

Mark Urbo's picture

Take the worst nuclear disaster in history (Fukushima) and stick it in a turbo fan to be spread all over hell...

..sum ting wong.

Handful of Dust's picture

So Burrish for market. I buy everything! Every stock go up like clazy!

DannoH's picture

Chernobyl? Kyshtym? Lake Karachay?

COSMOS's picture

Damn Headbanger are you my brother from another mother.  Same time and same idea.  I love you man....

Headbanger's picture

No.  I'm the secret clone  the aliens made of you when you were abducted.

Except I'm a lot taller and much better looking.

But this green skin thing gets awkward at times.

Oh forgot.. NANU NANU!


Headbanger's picture

Well they all tell me thy want to "go green" these days so it's working out OK.


Oh... And mine vibrates.

Rock On Roger's picture

Dilution is the solution.



Took Red Pill's picture

More broken windows! Bullish!

ThroxxOfVron's picture

"But the fuel rods remain stored in elevated swimming pools, just like at Fukushima, and at nuclear power plants across the United States thanks to Senator Harry Reid."

What??!  BULLSHIT.

Obama has A PEN & A PHONE !  

All He has to do is scribble and dial and whhhoooshh! -dem rodz all be buried in the dig in Nevada, shipped off to the Bikinia Atoll, or used in place of rebar in the vast new prisons to be built in Iraq after the impudent elements of ISIS are rounded up and in Texas after absolutely everyone associated with the term 'Tea Party' is found guilty of tax evasion....


Ok, seriously: this isn't a problem with that CongrASShole Harry Reid; He didn't commit to doing nothing and putting off action all by himself -for the last 50 fucking years.

CongrASS & the Fuck-Ups-In-Chief are to blame: ALL of them going back to at latest, Kennedy.

DeadFred's picture

This is the reason no one lives on those contested islands. A storm with 160 mph every decade or so keeps them scoured clean.

Colonel Klink's picture

Pleased?  He'll be jizzing his pants.

Jack Burton's picture

Ha! Ha! Indeed! Blow the radioactive soil and water out into the sea of Japan. Towards Korea, China and Russian Far East. Clean Up? Easy as it can get! Fukushima,fixed.

Cathartes Aura's picture

bullish for the manufacturers of all things USMilitary.

creative destruction, broken windows abound. . .

Jumbotron's picture

Keep a weather eye out for this one eventually looping around the North Pacific even as an extratropical low pressure riding along the jet stream.   These things have a way of eventually heading over the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.

Plus...carrying with it whatever it picked up from......ahem....you know where .    we so fuk i shima.



Jack Burton's picture

Interesting point! I am going to check my very reliable weather and climate source and see what they have to say about this possibility.

Seasmoke's picture

Any chance it can turn and have a direct Hit on Taiwan ???

chunga's picture

How about D.C. then?

Why Congress Must Reopen the TWA 800 Investigation

"On July 2, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that it would not reopen the investigation into the destruction of TWA 800.  This was the Boeing 747 that was blown out of the sky ten miles south of the Long Island coast on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 people on board.


The TWA 800 Project, a team of former aviation investigators and scientists, had petitioned the NTSB to examine evidence that pointed toward a missile strike on the airline.  Not surprisingly, the NTSB, which had invested four years of resources to prove some other theory, any other theory, chose to stick to its original findings that flammable fuel/air vapors somehow caused the explosion."



COSMOS's picture

Perfect we need all the help we can get.  While we destroy Europe via Ukraine, a little help from mother nature to destroy Asia is a sign of great auspices.

Rusty Shorts's picture

When is the NTSB going to begin its investigation into the 4 plane crashes on 9/11/2001???

FeralSerf's picture

Right after the Grand Jury indicts Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Obama, and their co-conspirators for treason, murder, obstruction of justice, etc.

TWA 800 proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the NTSB is a political organization when an "investigation" is needed.

nmewn's picture

Krugman-san just got a boner.

Jumbotron's picture

Does that mean Krugman will be sitting up straight now ?

ZippyBananaPants's picture

"Typhoon Neoguri", I thought that was a sushi roll I ordered the other night!

pods's picture

Thought it was the retired hot dog eating guy?


Headbanger's picture

No.  It's the name of the hot Asian stripper down at the local titty bar...

She's called Typhoon cause she's hot and will blow you away!

COSMOS's picture

well we all know the sushi roll is heading in 24 hours from where you ate it

ghengis86's picture

That's the name of what comes out of you the next morning in the Jon

Jethro's picture

Ahhh.  I rememeber a typhoon hitting Okinawa many years ago.  I was at Camp Schwab, and the package store sold out of alcohol many days before.  I recall watching a bored Infantryman tie each corner of his poncho to each of his extremities and try to mimick a flying squirrel off the barracks roof when the typhoon winds reached their peak.  Good times.

Tenshin Headache's picture

Okinawa is very used to typhoons, and may not even see hurricane-force winds on the current storm track.

COSMOS's picture

I take it he was never found again LOL

IronForge's picture

Not anymore.

Special Disaster Alerts have been made.