Typhoon Halong projected to plow through western Honshu on Sunday


Typhoon Halong is expected to cross western Honshu from south to north on Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said Saturday.

The nation’s 11th typhoon of the year was projected to rumble across the Chugoku region on its way to the Sea of Japan after making landfall on Shikoku early Sunday, the agency said.

As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the typhoon had a central atmospheric pressure of 960 hectopascals and was traveling north-northeast some 160 km south-southwest of Cape Ashizuri in Kochi Prefecture at 15 kph. The maximum sustained wind speed near its center was 126 kph.

The typhoon spread heavy rain and wind from Kyushu to the Kii Peninsula on Saturday, prompting many towns and cities to issue evacuation orders or advisories.

Evacuation orders were issued in Yamaguchi Prefecture, part of the Chugoku region, in and Tokushima and Kochi on Shikoku, affecting some 2,700 residents from more than 1,300 households. Many other municipalities opted to take less urgent steps in areas ranging from Kyushu to the Kinki region, affecting more than 140,000 residents.

The typhoon also disrupted public transportation just as many families were preparing for the Bon holidays next week.

Airlines decided to cancel more than 400 flights, mainly those linked to Shikoku and Kyushu. Railways in the two regions canceled some train services.

The bad weather also delayed the start of the annual high school baseball tournament at Koshien Stadium in Hyogo Prefecture until Monday. It was the first postponement since the competition began in 1915.