Mighty Typhoon Nanmadol devastates southern Japan, evacuations underway – National

A powerful typhoon battered the coast of southern Japan on Sunday as it battered the region 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 heading north after making landfall in the city of Kagoshima on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu. It had maximum wind speeds of 162 kilometers per hour and is expected to reach Tokyo on Tuesday.

The weather agency forecast up to 50 centimeters of rain by Monday evening and warned of floods and landslides. It also warned residents in affected areas of “unprecedented” strong winds and waves and urged them to evacuate early.

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Storm and wave warnings were in effect in Kagoshima, where residents have been told to stay in stable buildings on the second floor or higher if deemed safer than going to evacuation centers.

More than 12,000 people sought shelter in evacuation centers. About 8,000 people fled their homes in neighboring Miyazaki Prefecture.

Local officials said several people were injured. In the city of Kushima, Miyazaki, a woman was slightly injured by broken glass when winds shattered windows at a gym. National television NHK, citing its own record, said 15 people were injured.

Power outages widened in the Kyushu region as the typhoon damaged more power lines and facilities on its way north. According to Kyushu Electric Power Co., 216,450 homes were without power as of Sunday night.

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, has been suspended throughout Sunday in many areas of Kyushu island. Railway operators said high-speed trains on the island of Kyushu have also been suspended and further disruptions are expected in larger areas in the southwest on Monday.

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