Typhoon #15 Directly Hits Eastern Japan Before Returning to the Pacific

Typhoon #15 Brings Tree Down Atop Taxi
Strong wind brought a tree down on top of a taxi at Dōgenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo. Photo taken at 18:43 PM September 21 by Miho Iketani.

Typhoon #15 Directly Hits Eastern Japan Before Returning to the Pacific
Yomiuri Shimbun: 台風15号、関東・東北直撃し太平洋上へ
1:42 AM September 22, 2011

After the strong Typhoon #15 came landward near Hamamatsu, Shizuoka at 2 PM September 21, and passed through the Kantō region. At present (midnight September 22) it is in the Pacific Ocean, 70 kilometers offshore of Kesennuma, Miyagi, and traveling northeast at a speed of 70 km/hr.

According to the Weather Bureau, the typhoon has gradually weakened while picking up speed and moving north along the northeastern coast. It is expected to enter the Hokkaido area in the morning, and the bureau has issued stern river flooding and landslide warnings. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun‘s count, as of midnight six people had died, six were missing, and 225 were injured. Over 420,000 people living in a broad stretch of land, from Shikoku to Tōhoku, had been ordered to evacuate their homes.

On the night of the 21st in Onagawa and Matsushima, Miyagi, flooding caused by heavy rains drove about 540 people out of their temporary housing (note: likely constructed after the March 11 disaster). The prefecture has requested that ground troops from the National Self Defense Force be sent to the two towns.

The last typhoon to come ashore on the eastern seaboard was October 2009’s Typhoon #18. As of midnight, air pressure at the eye of Typhoon #15 was 970 hectopaschals (note: the standard atmosphere is 1013.25 hPa). Its greatest wind speed was 35 meters per second (note: 126 km/hr, cf. wind speed converter), its greatest instantaneous wind speed 50 m/s (180 km/hr). The distance from the eye to the southeastern edge is 190 km. There are strong winds above 25 m/s in the area within the 70-km northwest radius of the storm. When the typhoon passed through central Tokyo just after 6 PM on the 21st, the highest recorded instantaneous wind speed was 36 m/s.

Within the capital, JR and private rail networks stopped all trains. Terminals like Shinjuku were full of commuters planning to return home from work. There was a long, snaking line in front of Shibuya Bus Terminal. JR East Headquarters estimated that the suspensions of service affected about 1.03 million commuters on 9 train lines, including Yamanote and Keihin-Tōhoku , and 880,000 metro users.

At one point, trains on the entire Tōkaidō Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Osaka were stopped, and trains between Mijima and Shizuoka was canceled for all of the 21st. A section of the Tōhoku Shinkansen line running north from Tokyo was also closed.

A 40 m/s gust of wind was recorded at 5:54 PM at Haneda Airport, the fastest in history, and about 430 flights were canceled. Strong winds cut electrical lines, among other damage, and 860,000 homes across 19 prefectures of the eastern seaboard and northeast were left without power. At about 5:35 PM in Sagamihara, Kanazawa Central Transportation Bus Driver Takayoshi Sakuma (45) was shocked by a fallen power line he was attempting to move. He was confirmed dead about an hour later.

Typhoon 15 Damage
Victims of Typhoon 15 (counter clockwise from upper left)
Gifu: One person dead in Mitake after being caught in a landslide. Two people missing after being carried away by Shirakawa River, etc.
Aichi: Two dead from falls while doing construction work.
Shizuoka: Three people missing after being carried away by Fuji River, etc.
Kanagawa: One dead in Sagamihara after touching a power line.
Tokyo: Roadside tree fell on top of taxi in Shibuya.
Miyagi: Army requested to be sent to Matsushima [after flooding drove people from temporary homes].

Original/原稿:
台風15号、関東・東北直撃し太平洋上へ

東京・渋谷区の道玄坂では街路樹が強風で倒れタクシーが下敷きに(21日午後6時43分)=池谷美帆撮影

 強い台風15号は21日午後2時頃、静岡県浜松市付近に上陸した後、関東地方を通過し、22日午前0時現在、宮城県気仙沼市の東約70キロの太平洋上を時速70キロで北東へ進んでいる。

 気象庁によると、台風は徐々に勢力を弱めながら速度を上げて東北地方の太平洋岸を北上し、同日朝には北海道付近に達する見込みで、同庁は、河川の氾濫や土砂災害などへの厳重な警戒を呼び掛けている。読売新聞の22日午前0時現在のまとめでは、死者は6人、行方不明は6人、225人がけがをした。四国から東北地方までの広い範囲で42万人に避難指示・勧告が出ている。

 宮城県女川町と松島町では21日夜、大雨による冠水で仮設住宅の住民ら約540人が取り残され、県が陸上自衛隊に2町への災害派遣を要請した。

 東海地方に台風が上陸したのは、2009年10月の台風18号以来。22日午前0時現在、台風15号の中心気圧は970ヘクト・パスカル。最大風速は35メートル、最大瞬間風速は50メートル。中心から南東側190キロ、北西側70キロ以内は、25メートル以上の暴風域となっている。東京都心では21日午後6時過ぎ、最大瞬間風速36メートルを記録した。

 首都圏では、JRや私鉄などの運休が相次いだ。新宿駅などターミナル駅は帰宅途中の会社員らであふれ、渋谷駅前のバスターミナルには長蛇の列ができた。JR東日本東京支社によると、山手線や京浜東北線など9路線で103万人、東京メトロでは88万人に影響があった。

 東海道新幹線は一時、東京―新大阪間の全線で運転を見合わせ、三島―静岡間では21日の運転を取りやめた。東北新幹線も一部区間で運転を見合わせた。

 羽田空港では、21日午後5時54分、観測史上1位となる最大瞬間風速40メートルを記録し、約430便が欠航。強風で電線が切れるなどし、東海から東北の19都県の86万世帯で停電が発生した。午後5時35分頃には相模原市で、神奈川中央交通のバス運転手佐久間隆徳さん(45)が、電柱から垂れ下がった電線を動かそうとして感電し、約1時間後に死亡が確認された。
(2011年9月22日01時42分 読売新聞)

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