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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Japan hit with Biblical amounts of rain! Total rainfall could surpass 1200 mm (47 inches) in 24 hours which is more than 10 times their August average

NASA satellite catches a wide-eyed Typhoon Krosa

  • 1,200 millimetres is more than 10 times the average Japanese rainfall for August and in ft and inches, weighs in at nearly 4ft or 47 inches, which of course is well over 1 metre.
  • Krosa is the third storm to hit Japan in only 10 days after super typhoon Lekima hit late last week and typhoon Francisco made landfall on Aug 6.
  •  at least 200 people have died and a further 40,000 hospitalised from confirmed or suspected heatstroke this summer 

Some of the most incredible statistics are being banded around by The Japan Meteorological Agency regarding severe typhoon Krosa. The Japan Meteorological Agency predicted total rainfall could exceed 1,200 millimetres in western and eastern Japan areas facing the Pacific as Typhoon Krosa, which passed Cape Sada in Ehime Prefecture, was expected to travel through the Chugoku region toward the Sea of Japan later in the day.

Ladies and gentlemen, if I can put, "total rainfall could exceed 1,200 millimetres," into some kind of perspective, well 1,200 millimetres is more than 10 times the average Japanese rainfall for August and in ft and inches, weighs in at nearly 4ft or 47 inches, which of course is well over 1 metre.

According to Reuters, heavy rains lashed parts of western Japan on Thursday as tropical storm Krosa made landfall, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and trains as authorities advised more than half a million people to evacuate.

Authorities warned the total rainfall in some areas could surpass 1200 mm (47 inches) in 24 hours to Friday morning and advised some 584,100 people to evacuate as some rivers were verging dangerously close to flood stage. Krosa, a Khmer word for crane, was packing sustained winds of 108 kmh (67 mph) and gusts up to 144 kmh (90 mph) when it made landfall in the western Japanese prefecture of Hiroshima, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. “Given the predictions of record rains and high winds, we’d like to ask people in the affected areas to avoid going outside if they can and to make early preparations to evacuate if needed according to directions of the local authorities,” Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary, told a news conference. Despite the rain, there were no reports of flooding and only a handful of injuries. One elderly man was in a critical condition after slipping off a wharf and falling into the sea. More than 200 people died in torrential rains and flooding in parts of western Japan in 2018, areas that could also be hit by severe rains from Krosa - memories that some people said remained far too vivid.

Krosa is the third storm to hit Japan in only 10 days after super typhoon Lekima hit late last week and typhoon Francisco made landfall on Aug 6.

The misery continues for Japan, at least 200 people have died and a further 40,000 hospitalised from confirmed or suspected heatstroke this summer amid punishing hot temperatures following the end of the rainy season.

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