Japan Lowers Storm Alert as Sinlaku Heads to Pacific
The Japan Meteorological Agency removed weather warnings for Tokyo and surrounding areas as tropical storm Sinlaku continued its path away from Japan into the Pacific Ocean.
Sinlaku weakened as it passed south of Tokyo overnight, bringing torrential rain and strong wind to Japan’s capital and surrounding prefectures. There were no warnings of landslides as of 11 a.m. local time, the agency said.
Sinlaku’s sustained winds slowed to 74 kilometers per hour (46 mph) from 111 kph yesterday, the agency said. The storm’s eye was about 200 kilometers east of Tateyama, Chiba prefecture, moving east at 25 kph, with winds gusting to 111 kph.
Sinlaku, the 15th storm of the northwest Pacific cyclone season, is the name of a goddess worshipped on the island of Kosrae in Micronesia, according to the Hong Kong Observatory, which lists tropical cyclone names in use in the Pacific. Japan’s weather agency counts it as the 13th of the season.
Japan is regularly hit by cyclones during the northern hemisphere’s summer and in 2004 experienced a record 10 landfalls by tropical storms and typhoons, leaving more than 60 people dead.