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Etau Slams into Japan’s West Coast, Expected to Skim East Coast Near Tokyo

32.5N 139.9E

August 11th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Etau - August 11th, 2009

Tropical Storm Etau - August 11th, 2009

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Track of Etau - August 11th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Etau

At least 12 people have died and 10 are missing in Japan after Tropical Storm Etau (10W) slammed into Japan’s west coast yesterday, triggering floods and landslides.

Etau, located approximately 180 nautical miles southeast of Tokyo, Japan, has tracked eastward at 17 knots over the past six hours under the influence of the subtropical steering ridge located to the southeast. Maximum significant wave height is 14 feet.

Officials reported that the raging waters from the typhoon had killed 12 people in Hyogo prefecture, around 500km west of Tokyo. Police said around 500 houses were flooded and about 2,200 people were evacuated from their homes in Hyogo. Police also said at least two people were missing in Tokushima, on the western island of Shikoku, while public broadcasters announced that at least 10 people are missing.

Recent animated multispectral imagery shows consolidating central convection with spiral bands wrapping around a low level circulation center (LLCC). An SSMIS image indicates a narrow region of deep convection is confined to the southeast quadrant.

TS 10W will continue to track eastward over the next 24 to 36 hours, just skimming east of heavily populated Tokyo this afternoon, before taking a slight turn to the northeast under the influence of a reorientating subtropical ridge and becoming extra-tropical by TAU 72. Japan’s Meteorological Agency warned of heavy precipitation and landslides in eastern Japan as Etau heads north.

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