Japan Urges Millions to Evacuate as Typhoon Haishen Looms

Powerful Typhoon Haishen roared toward southern Japan on Sunday, bringing violent winds and heavy rains, with officials warning it could be strong enough to snap power poles and flip vehicles.Haishen, categorized as “large” and “extremely strong,” was expected to move through the Amami group of islands near Kyushu later in the afternoon, the JapanTimes reported.

Authorities had recommended evacuation and warned of potentially record rainfall, unprecedented wind, high tides and large ocean swells. The storm was forecast to head north-northwest and travel off the western coast of Kyushu from the evening through early Monday before reaching South Korea, according to the Meteorological Agency.

Southern areas of Kyushu could see rainfall of up to 600 millimetres in the 24 hours to 6 a.m. Monday, the agency said. Amami, northern Kyushu and the Tokai central region on Honshu could see up to 400 mm.

Winds of up to 182.5 kph were observed in the village of Minamidaito in Okinawa early Sunday morning, according to the agency.

Authorities across Kyushu have issued evacuation advisories for nearly 2.5 million residents, particularly in Kagoshima and neighbouring Miyazaki, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

Across the country, noncompulsory evacuation orders and advisories covered some 3.5 million residents, according to national broadcaster NHK.

Source: The Japan Times


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