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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens - Typhoon Talas

This emergency message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that the Japan Meteorological Agency has issued alerts for Tropical Storm 15W (Talas). As of 11:00 (local time), Thursday, September 1, Tropical Storm Talas is located 425 Nautical Miles to the south of Osaka, Japan at 28.2 degrees north latitude, 136.3 degrees east longitude, traveling to the north-northwest at 07 knots in the direction of Osaka. It is expected to make landfall near Osaka after passing the island of Shikoku on Friday, September 2 or Saturday, September 3 as a category 1 Typhoon. The forecast is for torrential rain to reach southeastern Japan on Friday, September 2nd.

The Japan Meteorological Agency reports that the maximum sustained wind speed near the center of the storm is currently 65 knots with gusts of 95 knots. Tropical Storm Talas' winds are expected to gain strength over the next 36 hours. Sustained maximum winds when the storm makes landfall near Osaka are predicted to be as high as 70 knots, gusting to 95. Talas's landfall as a tropical storm or typhoon would bring flooding rain, damaging winds and potentially inundating storm tides to the southeastern side of Honshu.

The U.S. Military Bases in Japan are in Tropical Cyclone Condition Of Readiness (TCCOR)alert status 4, meaning that destructive winds of 50 knots or greater are possible within the next 72 hours. Residents should stock up on emergency supplies of food, water, and cash in case of storm-related power outages. Be prepared for the alert status to be raised as the storm approaches. At TCCOR 2 all outside items should be removed or secured. TCCOR codes start from TCCOR 4 to TCCOR 1, 1 being the strongest.

For further details, see either of the following websites: Japan Meteorological Agency, U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center's Tropical Cyclone Warning.

We will continue to monitor Typhoon Talas's track and will issue updated messages as appropriate. Please monitor the typhoon's track by listening to the radio, watching television, or monitoring AFN radio at 89.1 FM. Locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Carry your travel documents at all times (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture ID's, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location. You should also contact friends and family in the United States with updates about your whereabouts.

Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found on our "Hurricane/Typhoon Season" webpage, The State Department's page, and on the "Natural Disasters" page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Updated information on travel in Japan may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Please note that Monday, September 5 is a U.S. Federal Holiday.

Please continue to monitor the Embassy's website for updated information. Please consult the Country Specific Information Sheet for Japan, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of either the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or one of the U.S. Consulates in Japan listed below:

American Embassy in Tokyo
American Citizen Services
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
Tel: 03-3224-5174
Fax: 03- 3224-5856

The Embassy helps Americans in Tokyo, Chiba, Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Yamagata and Yamanashi.

American Consulate General Sapporo
American Citizen Services
Kita 1-jo, Nishi 28-chome
Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821
Tel: 011-641-1115
Fax: 011-643-1283

The Consulate in Sapporo helps Americans in Akita, Aomori, Hokkaido, Iwate and Miyagi. As there are times when both officers are away from the office, we ask that you make an appointment before coming to the Consulate General.

American Consulate Nagoya
Nagoya International Center Bldg. 6th floor
1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001
TEL (052) 581-4501
FAX (052) 581-3190

Consulate Nagoya provides emergency consular services including death and arrest cases for Americans living in Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures. Please call Nagoya or Osaka for confirmation before traveling to Nagoya if you believe you have an emergency situation. Routine American Citizen services are provided by appointment only. If an appointment is not available, American residents may also receive service at the Consulate in Osaka.

American Consulate General Osaka-Kobe
American Citizen Services
11-5, Nishitenma 2-chome
Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543
Tel: 06 -6315-5912
Fax: 06-6315-5914

The Consulate in Osaka helps Americans in Osaka, Aichi, Ehime, Fukui, Gifu, Hiroshima, Hyogo, Ishikawa, Kagawa, Kochi, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Okayama, Shimane, Shiga, Tokushima, Tottori, Toyama, Wakayama.

American Consulate Fukuoka
American Citizen Services
5-26, Ohori 2-chome
Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052
Tel: 092- 751-9331
Fax: 092-713-9222

The Consulate in Fukuoka helps Americans in Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and Yamaguchi prefectures. All American Citizen Services are by appointment only.

American Consulate General Naha
2-1-1 Toyama,
Urasoe City
Okinawa 901- 2104
Tel: 098-876-4211
Fax: 098-876-4243

The Consulate in Naha helps Americans in Okinawa and the Amami Oshima Island group (which is the southern island group of Kagoshima Prefecture).

Travel, safety and security information is also available directly from the Department of State.