On Saturday, the Japan Meteorological Agency warned of an “unprecedented” risk of an “extremely dangerous” typhoon heading towards the island of Kyushu, located in the south of the archipelago.
She urged residents to take cover before the passing of Nanmadol, which was blowing on Saturday and had a speed of 270 km/h.
This hurricane was rated as a “severe” storm, the agency’s highest.
You should approach or land on Sunday in Kagoshima Prefecture, south of the island of Kyushu, before turning north on Tuesday, toward the archipelago’s main island.
“There are risks of unprecedented storms, high waves, floods and record rainfall,” Ryota Korura, head of the Japan Meteorological Agency’s forecast service, told reporters.
“We must be very careful,” he said, calling on residents to evacuate quickly “because it is a very dangerous cyclone.”
Korora said the Meteorological Agency may issue a red alert later on Saturday for the Kagoshima region.
This will be the first special typhoon alert issued outside the Okinawa region since the system was established in 2013.
“The winds will be so strong that some houses may collapse,” Korora said, warning of floods and landslides.
An evacuation “order” – a level four on a scale of five – was issued for 330,000 Kagoshima residents, and authorities urged people to go to shelters.
In Japan, evacuation alerts are not mandatory, and during previous severe weather events, authorities sometimes struggled to persuade residents to seek shelter as quickly as possible.
Japan is currently in the middle of typhoon season. And hit it about twenty storms of this kind every year.
Before the storm arrived, flight cancellations began to affect regional airports, including at Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto, according to the websites of Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.
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