Status: 09/18/2022 1:44 pm
Typhoon Nanmatol hit southern Japan with winds of 250 kilometers per hour. Thousands of people fled to safer places. Rail and air traffic has been suspended.
An unusually strong typhoon and heavy rain have hit southern Japan. Thousands of people took shelter in shelters. On Sunday evening (local time), the 14th typhoon of the season made landfall on the southwestern main island of Kyushu near the city of Kagoshima, the National Weather Service reported. According to Japanese television station NHK, more than 15,000 people in the south of the country were in “extreme weather conditions” shelters. The station reported isolated injuries, but initially there were no reports of major damage or casualties.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) had earlier issued warnings for Kagoshima and Miyazaki on the southern main island of Kyushu. Authorities asked more than four million residents to leave their homes.
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As of Sunday morning, nearly 98,000 homes were without power. Trains, planes and ferries stopped running and grocery stores were closed. Carmaker Toyota announced on Monday that it will halt production at three plants.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida tweeted that residents should “stay away from dangerous places” and – even during the day – go to safety when they “perceive the slightest danger”.
The Meteorological Department has warned of unprecedented danger.
The weather service JMA warned of an “unprecedented” danger and a “very dangerous cyclone”. “Extreme caution is warranted,” a spokesman said. Kyushu is expected to experience gale-force winds, which could reach speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour. The wind blows so strong that houses collapse.
“Nanmadol” is expected to continue eastward across Japan’s main island of Honshu. Officials have predicted 500 millimeters of rain in Kyushu and 300 millimeters in Honshu and the capital Tokyo. The first heavy rains have already fallen in Tokyo. A tunnel was closed due to flooding.
On Saturday, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a special warning for Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu. Such warnings are only issued when an unusual natural phenomenon is predicted to occur in Japan, a once-in-a-decade phenomenon, media reported.
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