Winds are very strong here and have shifted from the south, this morning, now coming from north-west. Lots of rain that does not let up. Now the windows on the front of the house are well washed 😉
From TV news:
– 9 meter (29.5 feet) waves in Aichi Prefecture
– Tokaido Shinkansen is stopped between Kakegawa (Shizuoka) and Toyohashi.
Right now, the typhoon is over Toyohashi and heading northeast at 40 kms/hr (25 mi/hr), along the length of Japan.
Tokaido from 1:30 Tokyo to Shin-Osaka Shinkansen trains stopped.
This question came in:
Where do the 1,300,000 people in Nagoya evacuate to?
Local schools (gymnasiums), community centers, relatives’ / friends’ houses, etc., that are located on higher ground.
Why are they evacuating them?
Because there is a danger of flooding. Nagoya is located in a very low-lying area between various rivers, the Shonaigawa and Yahagigawa and Kisogawa and Tempakugawa, which all flow from the mountains nearby to the gulf. The area on which Nagoya stands came from the silt that was deposited from the rivers that washed it down from the mountains. The earth, although good for farming, is not solid and likely to flood easily, like a delta. (Keep in mind that this is where a large earthquake has been predicted.)
Picture of the greater Nagoya area showing rivers flowing to the gulf (click to enlarge).