Monday, August 31, 2009

Batten The Hatches!

UPDATE: Krovanh veered to the east and passed us off shore, so all we got were some 20 mph winds and moderate amounts of rain.

Good thing we have a tight waterproof cover on Bluesette and that she and the sendai she sits on are tied down to eye bolts in the ground. Krovanh is coming.

TS Krovanh's position as of 10:00 AM Japan time today (Monday). Image from Japan Meteorological Agency

Korvanh is a Tropical Storm heading right for us. Already Tokyo International Airport at Narita (just 20 miles from us) is reporting winds of 50 kph with peak gusts of 70 kph (30 mph and 44 mph respectively). The center will pass over us around 21:00 tonight.

The good news is, the storm is not intensifying to Typhoon levels. However, it was a storm of similar intensity that wrecked an iron ore freighter right off Kashima Port in 2006 with loss of ten lives, grounded another ship, sank a 98 ton fishing vessel to our north with loss of all 16 hands, and capsized a pleasure fishing boat near Tokyo. So this is nothing to trifle with.


Martin J Frid said...

Your report from the 2006 iron ore freighter wreck was impressive, hope nothing like that happens again tonight.

Lots of rain here and at 18:00 the cloudy sky had a strange pink/orange colour that I haven't seen before.

NHK says they are upgrading to typhoon status for later tonight, right outside of Kashima ;)

Pandabonium said...

The wreck of the Giant Step was a very sad event. Most of the crew were from India, and because my blog is in English, I became a contact point for several of the crew member's families.

Happy to report the storm is passing a bit further east than earlier forecast and we seem to be missing the brunt of it.

That colour you saw might be a clockwork orange. ;)