TOKYO — A powerful typhoon approaching southern Japan battered the region on Sunday with high winds and heavy rain, causing power outages, paralyzing ground and air traffic and prompting the evacuation of thousands of people.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Nanmadol was near the southern island of Yakushima with maximum winds of 101mph. It was slowly moving north toward the country’s southern main island of Kyushu, where it could land later Sunday.
Nanmadol is expected to turn east and reach Tokyo on Tuesday.
The agency predicted up to 20 inches of rain by midday Monday and warned of flooding and landslides. It also warned residents of the affected area of ”unprecedented” strong winds and waves and urged them to evacuate early.
Local authorities have not reported any major damage or injuries.
In the hard-hit Kagoshima Prefecture, more than 9,000 residents sought shelter in evacuation centers on Sunday. Another 4,700 people were evacuated in neighboring Miyazaki Prefecture.
Kyushu Electric Power Co. said more than 93,000 homes across Kyushu were without power on Sunday due to damage to power lines and facilities.
Footage on NHK TV showed a pachinko pinball parlor whose glass wall was shattered by the gust in the town of Kanoya, Kagoshima. Elsewhere in the prefecture, an elderly woman suffered a minor injury after falling, NHK said.
According to Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, hundreds of domestic flights have been canceled and more are expected to be grounded in western Japan through Tuesday as the typhoon moved northeast.
Public transport including trains and buses in Kagoshima and Miyazaki was suspended throughout Sunday. Railway operators said bullet trains on the island of Kyushu have also been suspended.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/18/typhoon-nanmadol-hits-japan-causes-major-flooding-and-blackouts/ Typhoon Nanmadol hits Japan, causing major flooding and power outages