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Typhoon Sanba (Typhoon Number 16) - Sept. 14, 2012

The Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that the Kadena Weather Authority and the Japan Meteorological Agency are tracking Typhoon Sanba (Typhoon Number 16) across the Western Pacific. At this time, Sanba is expected to approach Okinawa from the southeast and is expected to strengthen significantly as it heads directly for mainland Okinawa. There is also the possibility that Sanba's track may affect parts of southern Kyushu. However, there is always a possibility that the typhoon will change course. Heavy rain and strong winds can be expected across the entire region.

We will continue to monitor Typhoon Sanba's track. Please monitor the storm's projected path by consulting media sources and the following websites: the Japan Meteorological Agency and Kadena Weather.

AFN radio at 89.1 FM provides regular weather bulletins. Locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Carry your travel documents at all times (e.g.,. 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 on your whereabouts.

The Kadena Weather Authority at Kadena Air Base is in Tropical Cyclone Condition Of Readiness (TCCOR) and currently at alert status 4, meaning destructive winds of 50 knots or greater are possible within 72 hours. TCCOR 4 will be continuously in effect as a minimum condition of readiness from June 1 to Nov. 30. Now is the time to stock-up on food and typhoon supplies.

Additional information on storm preparedness may be found on the "Natural Disasters" page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found on our "Hurricane/Typhoon Season" webpage, 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 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.