The massive hurricane threatens millions of people
Huge ‘unprecedentedly dangerous’ typhoon hits Japan
Typhoon Nanmadol hits the Japanese coast on Sunday. The massive hurricane threatens millions of people.
Typhoon Nanmadol has already caused dangerous waves on the Japanese coast in Kochi Prefecture.
An unusually violent typhoon threatens parts of Japan with powerful storms and rain. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a special warning for Kagoshima Prefecture on the southwestern main island of Kyushu on Saturday.
She called on residents to be very careful of possible landslides caused by rain and storm surge. Therefore, the “unprecedentedly dangerous” typhoon “Nanmadol” with a speed of up to 270 kilometers per hour is supposed to cover other regions of the island kingdom with heavy rains this weekend.
Thousands of homes without electricity
Because of the high wind speed and heavy rainfall, about 20,000 residents of the southwestern island of Kyushu have already taken refuge in emergency shelters. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, 65, called on affected Japanese on Twitter to “stay away from dangerous places” and reach safety immediately “as soon as they feel the slightest danger”.
According to the facilities, at least 200,000 families were without electricity. Trains, flights, and ferries stopped running, and groceries closed.
Warnings like those of Kagoshima are only issued in Japan when an unusual natural event is expected, according to media reports. It is the first such warning for areas outside of southern Okinawa prefecture.
Two million people threatened
The slow-moving but powerful typhoon may head northeast after the weekend and also bring heavy rains to large areas of the main island of Honshu, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday.
About two million people are threatened by the hurricane. They were asked to leave their homes and go to safety.
Experts assume that the hurricane will cause billions in damage. (zis/SDA/AFP)
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