LIONROCK LEAVES 11 DEAD AND 3 MISSING IN NORTHERN JAPAN

The death toll from Typhoon Lionrock has climbed to 11 today with 3 more people still missing after the storm rolled over northern Japan bringing record breaking rainfall along with winds gusting up to Typhoon strength.

 

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Parts Hokkaido reported a total of 500mm + rainfall on top of what the area has seen over the past 2 weeks following three consecutive tropical systems making this number four.

 

Nine of the deaths occurred at a nursing facility in Iwate that was inundated with flood waters Tuesday evening.  Others went missing in Hokkaido after their car was swept away in flood waters.

 

The storm came on shore around 6pm JST as a weak typhoon that mostly already changed over to a tropical storm. Regardless of its disorganization it still brought rough weather for the same region that was slammed by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

 

Good news the storm quickly weakened out over the Sea of Japan as the below 25C SSTs there weakened it along with high amount of vertical wind shear.

 

Damaged Nursing Home in Iwate

Damaged Nursing Home in Iwate

Still though as the rivers drain in northern Japan the flood threat will remain in place. This will likely continue through the rest of the week if clear conditions continue to prevail.

 

The tropics in the future look rather calm but there is some areas we are watching. Check out the Daily Weather Update for more information the rest of Asia.

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