A storm of great danger will strike Japan. Millions of people were called to evacuate.
Thousands of people took shelter in shelters on Sunday (September 18) in southwestern Japan as powerful Typhoon Nanmadol made its way through the region, prompting authorities to recommend that more than four million people residents will evacuate. .
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued a “special warning” for Kagoshima and Mizayaki prefectures in the south of the main island of Kyushu to warn residents of the high risk of severe weather.
A big thought for Japan: this super typhoon is peaceful from space, but 2 million people have recently been evacuated in Japan in anticipation of terrible damage. https://t.co/1fjlyYkAkz
— Eric Lagadec (@EricLagadec) September 18, 2022
98,000 homes without electricity
Nearly 98,000 homes were without power in the Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Nagasaki areas on Sunday morning, while regional rail services, flights and ferry crossings were canceled, according to utilities and local transport services.
Some grocery stores, normally open 24 hours a day, including during extreme weather, are also closed. The JMA warned that the region could face “unprecedented” danger from strong winds, strong waves and heavy rain.
“Please stay away from dangerous areas and evacuate if you feel any danger,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida tweeted after calling a cabinet meeting. “It’s dangerous to evacuate at night, it’s safe during the day,” he added.
15,000 people in shelters
State broadcaster NHK said more than four million people on the island of Kyushu had received urgent evacuation recommendations, and officials in Kagoshima and Miyazaki said more than 15,000 people were there. of residences.
“The greatest caution is needed,” Ryuta Kurora, head of the JMA’s forecasting unit, said on Saturday. “This is a very dangerous storm.” “The wind will be so strong that some houses could collapse,” Kurora told reporters, also warning of floods and landslides.
Mr Kurora urged residents to evacuate before the worst happens and warned that even in stable buildings they should be careful.
“Don’t go near the windows”
“Please go to strong buildings before strong winds start and do not go near windows, even inside strong buildings,” he said at an evening press conference.
On Sunday morning, high-speed train traffic in the region was suspended, along with regional train lines, and NHK said it was reporting hundreds of canceled trips. On the ground, an official from the municipality of Izumi (Kagoshima prefecture) said that the weather conditions are rapidly deteriorating.
“The wind became very strong. The rain was also very strong,” he told AFP. “The vision is almost non-existent.” On the beach, in the town of Minamata, fishing boats, docked for safety, floated in the high waves, while the promenade was splashed with rain.
Here is the projected trajectory of \ud83c\udf00 #typhoon_Nanmadol. That’s all #Japan to be swept away by this event, and especially to the south of the archipelago. Winds of 250 km/h, heavy rains and terrible floods: this could be one of the worst storms of the last 50 years pic.twitter.com/0rXChyqDD9
– The Weather Channel (@lachainemeteo) September 17, 2022
At 1 pm (4 am GMT), the storm made landfall on the small Japanese island of Yakushima with sustained winds of 234 km/h. It is expected to make landfall in Kyushu, further north, on Sunday night before turning northeast and sweeping across Japan’s main island of Honshu by Wednesday morning.