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About super typhoons and Typhoon Jebi

At time of writing we are taking a direct hit from the typhoon. It’s the strongest I’ve experienced since I was in Taiwan. The last typhoon I saw in typhoon I saw a roof lifted and dumped onto the road below my apartment, where a driver stopped and stared at it for a good five minutes before his senses returned. Below is the clean up of that roof. I don’t remember why I didn’t photograph the actual incident. I just heard the loud crashing sound from inside my apartment.

Roofs can be deadly flying debris during a typhoon. Photo taken in Taiwan, 2005.

Roofs can be deadly flying debris during a typhoon. Photo taken in Taiwan, 2005.

Wind gusts of over 250km/h or about 125kt are strong enough for any flying debris to be deadly. DO NOT GO OUT if it is anywhere close to a super typhoon, and of course do not go out into a super typhoon.

Super typhoons can tear branches of trees and uproot others.

Super typhoons can tear branches of trees and uproot others.

 

Typhoons can be very dangerous. Here’s a sample of the dangers.

 

Typhoon Jelawat

Officially & internationally called “Typhoon Jelawat”, but in Japan it’s known as “Typhoon number 17”.

My area is expecting about 500mm of rain tonight. The typhoon centre is expected to be within a few kilometres of my area at about the same time as high tide, 6pm local time, creating a risk of sea water washing over storm surge barriers (shown below). Already an Australian tourist in Osaka was killed when a tree was blown over as she was out walking. If you’re in Japan, please stay indoors and keep an eye on TV news reports for your area. Also keep up to date with the Japan Meteorological Agency website for more information, and watch for Twitter hashtags: #typhoon17 and #typhoonjelawat.

 
Disasters – Images by Andrew Blyth