August 31st, 2009

Tropical Storm Krovanh

Posted at 4:27 PM ET

new-small-tropical-storm-krovanhTropical Storm Krovanh is located approximately 108 miles (174 kilometers) east-northeast of Tokyo, Japan and continues to accelerate north-northeast, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). Krovanh is currently a tropical storm and is moving at 21 mph (34 kmph) with sustained winds of approximately 58 mph (93 kmph).

Krovanh battered Tokyo and the east coast of Japan on Monday bringing heavy rain and winds. According to reports, the storm disrupted train and flight schedules, cancelling 27 international and 30 domestic flights at Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports, and delaying many others.

In addition to the cancellation of flights, Krovanh disrupted the operations of some of Japan’s oil refineries, including its largest, Nippon Oil Corporation, which halted shipments from one of its refineries south of Tokyo. High waves, heavy rain, and uprooted trees along the coast were reported and two injuries have been attributed to Krovanh. No deaths have been reported.

According to the JTWC, Krovanh is expected to move in a north-northeast direction over the next 12 hours whilst weakening. Current forecasts suggest Krovanh is not on course to make landfall in Japan.

Tropical Storm Krovanh is the second storm to approach Japan this month.


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Sources: Joint Typhoon Warning Center, WSI, Bloomberg, Agence France Presse

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