A powerful typhoon swept through southwestern Japan on Monday, causing torrential rains and lashing winds that killed at least two people, caused flooding and forced thousands of people to flee to safety.
Typhoon Nanmadol moves on a northeasterly road along Honshu’s west coast, with maximum sustained winds of 30 meters per second (67 miles per hour). Though the storm has weakened since making landfall, it is still expected to pour up to 400 millimeters of rain in parts of the region, drenching major cities, including Tokyo, as people return to work on Tuesday after a three-day weekend, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported.
At least two people were killed when the storm swept through the main southwestern island of Kyushu a day earlier, TBEN News reported. One of the fatalities was a man found in a car submerged in Miyazaki prefecture. About 70 others were injured, according to national public broadcaster NHK.
The typhoon caused landslides, tore building siding and downed electrical lines — leaving about 260,000 homes without power around noon Monday in Kyushu, according to a website of Kyushu Electric Power Transmission & Distribution Co.
The storm is expected to pour heavy rain on large parts of Honshu on Tuesday, leading to risks of flooding and landslides, the agency said. It has issued a flood warning for Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture, while large areas of Kyushu and the northeast prefectures were under a flood warning.
Some scheduled LNG shipments this week to parts of southern Japan were delayed as the typhoon forced ships to divert, according to traders aware of the plans.
ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines Co., the country’s two major airlines, have canceled about 800 flights. More than 400 flights have been canceled at Tokyo’s main international airports, Osaka and Fukuoka, according to tracking service FlightAware.com as of 1:00 PM local time.
High-speed trains between the economic hubs in the affected areas have been suspended. According to the Central Japan Railway Co. and Kyushu Railway Co. No bullet trains were running in Kyushu and between Hiroshima and Fukuoka from 4 p.m. Monday. .
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will postpone a planned trip to New York for a United Nations General Assembly session by about a day and plans to leave Tuesday morning after assessing the damage situation, TBEN said.
Photo: Waves generated by Typhoon Nanmadol break along the coast in Izumi, Kagoshima Prefecture on September 18, 2022. Photo credit: Yuichi Yamazaki/TBEN/Getty Images
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