Powerful typhoon makes landfall on Japan’s main island

Kyodo

A powerful typhoon that was traveling northeastward Sunday along the coast of western Japan made landfall on the main island of Honshu after hammering the southern islands of Okinawa, where it killed a man and injured more than 50 people while causing extensive blackouts, the weather agency said.

At 7 p.m., Typhoon Jelawat made landfall in Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, with the season’s 17th typhoon moving through the Japanese archipelago, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

In the village of Yomitan in Okinawa Prefecture, 29-year-old Nobuhiro Bando was confirmed dead after being washed away by high tides while he was fishing. A survey by Kyodo News on local police showed that at least 114 people had been injured across the nation on Sunday.

In Osaka’s Chuo Ward, a 51-year-old female tourist from Australia was taken to a hospital after she was injured by a tree trunk that fell and hit her on the head.

The municipal government of the central Japan city of Nagoya issued an evacuation advisory for a total of 57,000 people in 21,000 households amid fear of flooding due to rising water levels of rivers in the city. The Ishinomaki city government in Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, issued an advisory for 11,000 people in 4,700 households in Miyagi Prefecture.

As of 9 p.m., the typhoon was located about 30 kilometers west of the eastern Japan city of Kofu in Yamanashi Prefecture, moving northeast at a speed of about 55 km per hour with an atmospheric pressure of 975 hectopascals at its center and packing winds of up to 180 kph.

The city of Hachioji near Tokyo recorded winds of 137.2 kph, while the cities of Fujinomiya and Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture saw 120 millimeters of rain per hour, prompting the weather agency to issue a warning for a record-breaking deluge in a short period.

Okinawa Electric Power Co. said the storm had knocked out power to 96,000 households in Okinawa, while Kyushu Electric Power Co. said 49,000 households in Kagoshima were without power Sunday. Kansai Electric Co. said about 20,000 households were out of power as of 4 p.m.

The agency is warning of torrential rain, thunderstorms and high waves, forecasting rainfall of up to 400 mm in the Tokai region, 300 mm in Kanto-Koshin and 200 mm in Tohoku and Hokuriku over the 24-hour period through Monday evening. Some areas may see up to 80 mm per hour of rain, the agency added.

According to airlines, over 500 flights mainly in western Japan have been canceled Sunday, while Japan Railway Co. decided to halt part of its shinkansen bullet train services across the nation.

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