Japan is preparing for the passage of Nanmadol, a typhoon

Japan is preparing to face a typhoon in the southern part of the archipelago on Sunday, described as “unprecedented” and “very dangerous” by the Japan Meteorological Agency, which is already prompting residents to evacuate several regions on the island of Kyushu. Classified as a “super typhoon” by the US Navy’s Tropical Cyclone Prediction Center, Nanmadol could be the most destructive tropical storm to hit Japan in decades.

as reported from Tokyo, Frederick Charles

Ryuta Kurora, the head of the Japan Meteorological Agency, said the southern part of the island of Kyushu could receive up to half a meter of rain on Sunday. In any case, it is necessary to expect extraordinary rainfall, resulting in floods.

Maximum alert Nanmadol, the super typhoon blows with wind gusts reaching 270 km/h. It is a “very dangerous” typhoon, the head of the weather agency said. An evacuation order has been issued for more than 330,000 people from the region and the city of Kagoshima. Its inhabitants are encouraged to go to shelters.

Ryuta Kurora could issue a “high alert”. Since the system was established in 2013, it would be the first special alert outside the Okinawa region to be issued. The wind is so violent that houses are in danger of collapsing. Strong waves, floods, landslides are to be feared.

Trains and planes suspended Already the Kyushu Railway Company has suspended some train lines. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are canceling flights to Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto.

Nanmadol is the fourteenth typhoon of the season. Its strength is equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to curve east and pass over Tokyo on Tuesday before heading out to sea.

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