October 22nd, 2013 13:08 EST
Once in a Decade: Typhoon Hits Japan
Typhoon Wipha became the strongest storm " and the deadliest " to hit the Tokyo area since 2004.
Although the storm`s center technically missed the city, its heavy rains were felt across most of the country. In one amazing example, two months worth of rain fell on Izu Oshima " an island south of Tokyo " in less than 24 hours. At one point, the rain was the heaviest ever recorded in the history of Japan "washing away an entire hillside.
It`s been a busy week for Cyclones and Typhoons in Asia " just a few days ago, quite possibly the most powerful storm to ever hit India made landfall. India`s government sprang into action before the storm`s peak " and initiated one of the largest evacuations in the country`s history. Nearly one million people left coastal floodplains, saving countless lives. The New York Times has an incredibly heart-wrenching description of one fishing community`s experience during the evacuation:
On Saturday afternoon, just hours before the cyclone made landfall, villagers said that a sudden surge in the sea level was what finally convinced them to evacuate.
By midday, the sea came all the way up to the road, said Sanhas Bayya, pointing to the main road in Bhavanapadu, which is over 300 meters from the coastline. We never saw Gangamma Thalli come up that far. So we were scared and finally decided to leave.
This was the first time I ever left my village, added Mr. Bayya, a 50-year-old fisherman. A few days later, Weathermob reporters started to capture the signs of Typhoon Wipha, as it approached Japan:
Unfortunately, another storm " Typhoon Francisco, currently near Guam " will also approach Japan in about a week. As of right now, it doesn`t look like Francisco will be as strong as Wipha when it reaches land.
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