Sinlaku Lashes Japan; Shikoku, Honshu Put on Alert
Tropical Storm Sinlaku is skirting Japan’s coast, bringing torrential rain and strong winds to the south of the country as it heads in the direction of Tokyo.
The Japan Meteorological Agency raised its highest alert for coastal areas of Honshu and Shikoku and warned of potential landslides in mountainous areas around Osaka. The center of the storm, which left 12 people dead in Taiwan almost a week ago, is forecast to pass over the tip of the Boso Peninsula south of Tokyo early tomorrow, the agency said on its Web site.
Sinlaku’s sustained winds increased to 111 kilometers per hour (69 mph) from 102 kph earlier today, the agency said. The storm’s eye was 80 kilometers south of Cape Shiono on Honshu at 2 p.m. local time, it said.
Sinlaku was moving east-northeast at 30 kph, with winds gusting to 157 kph. Maximum sustained winds are forecast to fall to 83 kph after 6 a.m. tomorrow when the storm will be closest to Tokyo.
More than 17,000 people were advised to leave their homes in Mie prefecture southeast of Osaka on Honshu, national broadcaster NHK Television said. About 60 schools were closed in Kochi prefecture on Shikoku, NHK said. There were no reports of casualties or damage.