Japan issues special typhoon warning for Kagoshima Prefecture

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Japan’s weather agency issued a special typhoon warning for Kagoshima Prefecture in the southwest of the country on Saturday as an “unprecedented” storm approached.

Large and powerful Typhoon Nanmadol could make landfall in Kagoshima and bring record rain to the prefecture and nearby areas, with the agency urging maximum vigilance as strong winds and high waves are expected, potentially causing landslides and flooding.

Such emergency warnings are only issued when an extraordinary natural phenomenon occurring once every few decades in the country is predicted. It is the first warning for areas outside Okinawa prefecture.

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High waves are observed on the coast of Miyazaki Prefecture, in southwestern Japan, on September 17, 2022, due to the approach of Typhoon Nanmadol. (TBEN)

Japan’s weather agency issued a special typhoon warning for Kagoshima Prefecture in the southwest of the country on Saturday as an “unprecedented” storm approached.

Large and powerful Typhoon Nanmadol could make landfall in Kagoshima and bring record rain to the prefecture and nearby areas, with the agency urging maximum vigilance as strong winds and high waves are expected, potentially causing landslides and flooding.

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Such emergency warnings are only issued when an extraordinary natural phenomenon occurring once every few decades in the country is predicted. It is the first warning for areas outside Okinawa prefecture.

The typhoon, with wind speeds of up to 198 km/h and maximum gusts of 270 km/h, will bring heavy rains in several parts of Japan over the three-day weekend through Monday.

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The agency said southern Kyushu could receive up to 500 millimeters of rain in the 24 hours to 6 a.m. Sunday, while the Shikoku and Tokai regions in western and central Japan could receive up to 300 mm of rain.

Some train operators and chain stores already decided on Sunday to suspend some of their services in the Kyushu region.

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