A Summer of Extremes For Japan: Strongest Typhoon in 25 Years Hits In Wake of 2 Record Rain Events And Heatwave

Written by on September 6, 2018 in Asia, Rest of World, Tropical with 0 Comments

First it was a record breaking rain and flood event, then record breaking heatwave which saw highs reach 41.1C setting a new national record followed by another record rain event. Now Japan is reeling from it’s strongest Typhoon to hit the country in 25 years.

Japan is no stranger to typhoons. In fact they hit this island nation pretty much every year due to it’s position and latitude over the far western Pacific basin. Japan is frequently hit by glancing blows or weakening systems which typically bring minor damage and disruption. Every 2 or 3 years, a more significant impact is felt.

Typhoon Jebi, once a monster Cat 5 equivalent packing sustained winds of approximately 175 mph, weakened a lot less than usual and as it came ashore in Shikoku southern Japan. Winds of 125-135 mph toppled many vehicles and tore off roofing etc in the major cities of Osaka and Kobe. Significant damage and disruption was witnessed across a wide swathe of southern and central Japan.

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