Tokyo, September 6
The second highly effective storm to slam Japan in every week unleashed fierce winds and rain on southern islands on Sunday, blowing off rooftops and leaving houses with out energy because it edged northward into an space weak to flooding and mudslides.
Weather officers warned that rainfall from what may very well be a report storm can be as fierce as a bucket of water poured over the top. Warnings have been issued, days prematurely, for folks to be able to take shelter and top off on meals and water.
Several rivers on the primary southwestern island of Kyushu had been vulnerable to overflowing, officers stated.
Public broadcaster NHK TV stated evacuation warnings had been issued for greater than 50,000 folks in Okinawa and Kyushu, together with Kagoshima and Nagasaki prefectures.
News footage confirmed folks in Kyushu beginning to collect at gymnasiums earlier than winds collect momentum within the night. Social distancing can be in place to protect towards the coronavirus pandemic, officers stated.
The Japan Meteorological Agency stated Typhoon Haishen, which suggests “sea god” in Chinese, was packing sustained winds of as much as 162 km (100 miles) per hour after battering Okinawa and the southern Kyushu island of Amami Oshima early Sunday.
Alerts for sturdy winds, waves, excessive tides, rainfall and lightning had been issued for Amami Oshima alongside evacuation orders.
Haishen was not solely highly effective — equal to a Category 2 hurricane — but in addition giant in its attain, based on the company.
Bullet trains had been briefly halting providers and dozens of flights had been cancelled. All Nippon Airways stated such cancellations would proceed until Monday, probably Tuesday, for flights in southern Japan, equivalent to Yamaguchi, Kochi and Fukuoka.
Haishen’s course is just like Typhoon Maysak that lashed southern Japan final week, injuring dozens of individuals and slicing energy to 1000’s of houses.
A cargo ship carrying 43 crew members and 5,800 cows from New Zealand capsized off the coast of Japan. Two folks had been rescued, and one physique recovered. The search has been halted due to Haishen.
Haishen’s projected course has it hitting the Korean Peninsula later within the week. AP