Japan threatened by typhoon and tsunami warning
Typhoon Nanmadol will hit southwestern Japan first.
As powerful Typhoon Nanmadol prepares to sweep through southwestern Japan, authorities in Japan #x27;archipelago also issued a tsunami warning following a large earthquake off Taiwan.
Thousands of people took shelter in shelters in southwestern Japan on Sunday as the powerful typhoon headed towards the region, prompting authorities to recommend that more than four million residents evacuate.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued a special warning for Kagoshima and Mizayaki prefectures in the south of the big island of Kyushu, to warn inhabitants against the high risk of severe weather.
Nearly 98,000 homes were already without power in the Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Nagasaki areas as of Sunday morning, while regional rail services, flights and ferry crossings were canceled, according to utilities. and local transport services. The JMA has warned that the region could face unprecedented danger from high winds, raging waves and torrential rains.
At 1 p.m. local time, the typhoon was over the small Japanese island of Yakushima and the wind was blowing at 234 km/h. It is expected to make landfall in Kyushu, further north, on Sunday evening before turning northeast and sweeping Japan's main island of Honshu through Wednesday morning.
The typhoon is threatening structures and could cause very significant damage.
Please stay away from dangerous places and evacuate if you feel any danger, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida tweeted after calling a cabinet meeting. It will be dangerous to evacuate at night. Stay safe while it is still light, he added. State broadcaster NHK said more than four million people on the island of Kyushu had received urgent #x27;evacuation, and officials in Kagoshima and Miyazaki said more than 15,000 people were in local shelters as of Sunday afternoon.
Extra caution is required, said Ryuta Kurora, head of the JMA's forecasting unit, as early as Saturday. This is a very dangerous typhoon.
The wind will be so strong that some houses could collapse, Kurora told reporters, also warning of floods and landslides. Mr Kurora urged residents to evacuate before the worst happens and warned that even in solid buildings they should take precautions.
Please get to strong buildings before high winds start blowing and don't go near windows, even inside strong buildings, he told an overnight press conference.
At 1 p.m. local time, the typhoon was over the small Japanese island of Yakushima and the wind was blowing at 234 km/h.
On Sunday morning, high-speed train traffic in the region was suspended, along with regional train lines, and NHK reported hundreds of canceled flights. On the ground, a municipal official in Izumi (Kagoshima prefecture) ) reported that weather conditions were rapidly deteriorating.
The wind became extremely strong. The rain is also falling very hard, he told AFP. Visibility is almost zero.
In addition to Nanmadol, Japan is also on the alert due to a powerful earthquake off Taiwan. The magnitude 6.9 tremor was so powerful that it prompted Japanese authorities to issue a tsunami warning.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued this warning for islands not far from Taiwan. Waves up to a meter high are expected around 4 p.m.
The typhoon season peaks from August to September in Japan, when it is marked by heavy rains that can cause cause sudden floods and deadly landslides.
In 2019, Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan in the middle of the Rugby World Cup, causing the death of more than one hundred people.
A year earlier, Typhoon Jebi shut down Kansai Airport in Osaka, killing 14 people.
And in 2018, floods and landslides killed more than 200 people in western Japan during the rainy season.
Des scientists estimate that climate change is increasing the intensity of storms and extreme weather events.