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Tropical Storm Etau (10W) Moves Back Out to Sea

34.3N 144.1E

August 12th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Etau - August 12th, 2009

Tropical Storm Etau - August 12th, 2009

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Track of Etau - August 12th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Etau

Tropical Storm 10W (Etau), located approximately 460 nm east-southeast of Tokyo, Japan, has tracked eastward at 23 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 16 ft.

The typhoon is now heading east, back out into the Pacific Ocean, after pouring several days of heavy rains over Japan and leaving a path of death and destruction in the west-central part of the country. As of yesterday afternoon, 14 people had been found dead and 17 people were still missing, according to Japanese media sources.

These losses are concentrated in Hyogo Prefecture, as 11 of the dead and 14 of the missing are from the prefecture’s rural town of Sayo, about 75 miles west of Osaka. It is believed that the majority of the victims left their homes in the middle of the night to seek separate shelter nearby, but in doing so got trapped in deadly water and mud flows. Rescuers and volunteers are still searching the area.

The damage to the town was largely caused when several of the rivers in the area overflowed, sending water and muddy debris into streets and farm fields. Buildings were flooded, cars overturned, and roads and bridges partially destroyed.

Currently, 257 houses are partially under water, and a number of others have sustained heavy water damage. Around 5,300 houses in the area are currently without running water. Eight hundred people have been placed in temporary shelters at public buildings.

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