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Typhoon Nabi, which means butterfly in Korean, was on Friday morning 200km south-east of Okinotorishima island, which is 1 700km south of Tokyo.
Nabi was described by the meteorological agency as "extremely strong" and was packing winds of up to 180km/h and was moving northeast at 20km/h.
The country is on alert after the Korean Meteorological Administration on Friday said the tropical storm, which first formed on Monday in the northwestern part of Guam, is now slowly making its way north on a course towards the waters of Okinawa, Japan, with effects of the storm being felt in Korea in the middle of next week.
Typhoon Nabi -- Korean for "butterfly" -- was on Friday a Category Five storm, technically the same strength as Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans just before the eye of the storm made landfall.
According to the website of the Tropical Storm Risk group at University College London, www.tropicalstormrisk.com, Nabi had weakened to Category 4 on Saturday. But it was projected to strengthen to super-typhoon status again in 24 hours.
Originally posted by valkeryie
What happened, this is the very first time I have seen that Korea is between Japan and China. Not very accurate. Or maybe it is slowly getting closer to North America. lol
Update On Nabi
TORRENTIAL rains have lashed Tokyo, killing one person, as a powerful typhoon headed towards Japan's southern mainland.
Homes have been flooded and power cut off to thousands, as rain and strong winds disrupt transport and oil refineries.
A 61-year-old man was found dead late Sunday on a flooded road outside Tokyo after he rushed to help his son whose car was stuck, police said.
Over 100mm of rain was dumped on the Japanese capital overnight, disrupting train services, flooding nearly 2000 homes and leaving 7000 households without electricity, police said.
The heavy rain was caused by powerful Typhoon Nabi, which was slowly moving north towards Japan's heavily populated main islands.
Does not look good for Japan. Hopefully they can have a plan for the worse. And I hope they have a plan to immediatly respond to those southern areas so we dont have another New Orleans situation.
TOKYO (Reuters) - A typhoon lashed southwestern Japan on Monday, creating nine-metre high waves, cutting power supplies and disrupting transport and work at oil refineries.
Weather officials in South Korea also warned of flooding, while eastern China braced for possible effects from Typhoon Nabi after another storm last week killed at least 84 people in the east of the country, newspapers said.
Heavy rains pounded Tokyo and its surrounding areas late Sunday, flooding thousands of homes and leaving at least one person dead.
A 61-year-old man drowned in Saitama prefecture (state), just west of Tokyo, while walking in a flooded street, police said.
Up to 23 centimetres of rain was recorded in parts of Tokyo overnight, the Meteorological Agency said.
About 2,850 households in Tokyo, Saitama and Kanagawa were flooded, according to Kyodo News agency.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The island of Sakhalin and Kuril archipelago have declared an emergency situation as typhoon Nabi, is approaching, RIA Novosti reported. The typhoon is expected to reach the area on September 8-9.
Typhoon Nabi, the 14th typhoon of the year, will approach the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday or Wednesday. Accompanied by strong rains and wind, Nabi is expected to visit upon the Gyeongsang provinces and coastal Gangwon province 20-meter-a-second winds and more than 100mm of rain, demanding special care be taken to prevent losses to agricultural products and facilities
Wang Bangzhong, deputy director of China Meteorological Administration (CMA)'s weather forecast and disaster relief department, was quoted as saying in a press conference that, affected by Nabi, the coastal areas in east and northeast China will see stormy weather from Sept 5 to 7.
Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Authorities in Japan ordered the evacuation of as many as 47,000 households as Typhoon Nabi made landfall and battered the southern island of Kyushu today with rain and winds of about 144 kilometers per hour.
Two dead or missing as typhoon pounds
From: Agence France-Presse From correspondents in Kagoshima, Japan
September 06, 2005
A POWERFUL typhoon pounded Japan today, leaving one person dead and another missing, and prompting officials to order thousands to evacuate their homes for fear of landslides and storm damage.
At least nine people were injured on Japan's southern main island of Kyushu and the island chain of Okinawa, police said.
YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, September 6 (Itar-Tass) - Russia's Sakhalin and Kuril islands are bracing up to meet Typhoon Nabi which is packing winds of up to 160 kilometers per hour.
The typhoon may hit Russia’s Pacific coast in two days, the Sakhalin department of the Emergency Situations Ministry warned on Tuesday.