Typhoon Nanmadol hits Japan, leaves thousands evacuated

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Powerful typhoon Nanmadol slammed into the Japanese island of Kyushu (southwest) on Sunday, where some 20,000 people are displaced and homes are without power, raising the risk of flooding rivers and canals, public broadcaster NHK reported.

At least 20,000 people have been moved to shelters in Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures in the south of the island, with more than 25,000 homes affected by power outages.

Nanmadol qualified at 20:45 local time (11:45 GMT). Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) As “very strong”, it was over the capital city of Kagoshima, a city of about 600,000 people, and moved north, bringing with it maximum winds of 230 kilometers per hour.

It is expected to move across west-central Kyushu overnight, weakening somewhat on Monday morning FukuokaThe country’s sixth largest city (1.5 million inhabitants) before turning east to Honshu, the archipelago’s main island.

Local authorities have made some recommendations 7 million inhabitants From various locations in Kyushu, stay in a safe place – high off the ground and firmly built – and if this is not possible, go to evacuation centers.

Nanamdol on Saturday J.M.A Activate the highest typhoon warning for the first time One of the archipelago’s four main islands is on alert due to wind, rainfall and waves that JMA considers unprecedented for the country.

Many cities in Miyazaki Prefecture have received more than 500 millimeters of rain in the past 24 hours, while there are already reports of rivers in the prefecture, as well as the cities of Kagoshima and Oita in Kyushu, according to NHK. They are full.

In the western part of Honshu, where the typhoon is expected to pass tomorrow and where bullet train services have already been fully or partially suspended, red (second-highest) and yellow (third-highest) warning levels are currently activated due to rain. .

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