September 28, 2022

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Typhoon Nanmatol hit southwestern Japan this Sunday (18). the world

Typhoon Nanmadole hit Japan’s southwest coast on Sunday, prompting more than seven million people to seek shelter in the face of forecasts of strong winds and heavy rain.

“The eye of Typhoon Nanmadol touched down near the city of Kagoshima at 19:00” (7:00 GMT), the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

Wind speeds reached 235 km/h and the typhoon has already dumped 500 mm of rain in parts of Kyushu within 24 hours.

Typhoon Nanmatol in Japan — Photo: STR/Jiji Press/AFP

The JMA issued a “special alert” for Kagoshima and Misayagi prefectures in southern Kyushu, where at least 20,000 people are preparing to spend the night in shelters.

State channel NHK, which compiled information from regional authorities, reported that more than seven million people had been ordered to shelter in place or take shelter in concrete buildings.

More than 200,000 homes in the affected areas are without electricity.

The operations of regional and high-speed trains, nearly 500 flights and sea transport in the region were suspended.

Typhoon Namdol in Japan (Photo: Philip Fong/AFP)

The JMA warned that the region could face “unprecedented” danger from winds, waves and torrential rains.

“Stay away from dangerous places and evacuate if you feel any danger,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida tweeted after convening a government meeting.

“Going out at night can be dangerous. But be safe during the day,” he said.

“Invisible Intensity”

“We are asking for maximum discretion,” Ryuta Kurora, director of the weather agency’s forecast division, said on Saturday. He said it was a very dangerous cyclone.

“The winds will be so strong that some houses will collapse,” Kurora said, before warning of floods and landslides.

He advised people to take shelter in sturdy buildings and stay away from windows.

Hiro Kato, director of the Meteorological Monitoring and Warning Center, warned: “The areas affected by the storm are experiencing unprecedented levels of heavy rain.”

Typhoon Nanmatol in Japan — Photo: STR/Jiji Press/AFP

After hitting Kyushu, the storm is expected to move northeast and hit Japan’s main island of Honshu on Wednesday morning.

Typhoon season in Japan records the highest intensity between August and September.

In 2019, Cyclone Hagibis caused more than 100 deaths in the country, which was hosting the Rugby World Cup at the time.

Scientists believe that climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of storms and extreme weather events.

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