Super Typhoon "Neoguri"

Very big typhoon hitting Okinawa and southern Japan, moving slowly north east to central parts of the country.

Half a million people already advised to move to emergency shelters, with waves up to 52 meters off Kyushu.

Do take care and stay home as this is a really unusually big one.

Things can of course change but that's the latest.

Japan Meteorological Agency has a website for typhoons (E). Not sure why they call them "cyclones" though. Any thoughts? Click on the maps to enlarge.

Amazing photos from the International Space Station by Reid Wiseman, who is also on Twitter. On Twitter? Orbiting Earth, 400 km above us? OK, OK, that's so cool.


Pandabonium said…
Cyclone is said to be from the Greek "kukloma" meaning ‘wheel, coil of a snake’. Makes sense to me.

As is usual with these storms, by the time it reaches the Tokyo area it will be down to a tropical storm and with luck will veer east so that the center will miss us.

Martin J Frid said…
How did the ancient Greeks know that, there are no cyclones or hurricanes in that part of the world ;)

Pandabonium said…
They must have had their storms. The terms Hecatoncheires refers to three giant gods of storms. Just because modern electronic news media choose not to focus on a part of the world doesn't mean that nothing is happening there. :o
Martin J Frid said…
Hecatoncheires - I love having a blog where that word is used in a comment :)

And yes, the ancient Greeks had their storms, cue Odysseus on his way back from Troy, driven off course by storms, visiting Lotus-Eaters and then captured by the Cyclops... All before the journey home to Ithaca!

"I was driven thence by foul winds for a space of 9 days upon the sea, but on the tenth day we reached the land of the Lotus-eaters..."

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