Weakening Typhoon Halong still brings heavy rains to Hokkaido

Hokkaido buffeted as storm-whipped areas pick up the pieces

Kyodo, Staff Report

Typhoon Halong weakened into an extra-tropical depression Monday in the Sea of Japan after claiming 10 lives and leaving two others missing.

The Meteorological Agency called for vigilance as the season’s 11th typhoon spun northward after the downgrade, dumping rain and strong winds on Hokkaido.

Torrential rain fell Monday morning on Rishiri Island off Hokkaido’s northwest coast and in the town of Shiriuchi, with hourly precipitation reaching 49.5 mm and 43.0 mm, respectively.

In Tochigi Prefecture, strong winds swept across the cities of Kanuma and Tochigi and the town of Mibu at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, injuring two people and damaging more than 460 houses, Tochigi Prefectural Police said.

According to NHK, more than 660,000 people across the country were ordered or urged to evacuate as of Sunday afternoon, but the number had fallen to 30,000 by 8 p.m. after many local governments lifted the warnings.

The Meteorological Agency lifted a special heavy rain warning for Mie Prefecture at 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

In Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, meanwhile, a woman was found floating in a river Sunday and was later confirmed dead.

In Gifu, a man swept away in a river the previous day was confirmed dead Sunday, while a surfer was reported missing at a beach in Wakayama Prefecture.

About 70 people were reported injured.

More than 320 flights were canceled and the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines were partially suspended by the storm. About 145 train services were delayed Sunday on the Tokyo-Osaka portion, affecting about 71,000 passengers.

Umaji, Kochi Prefecture, was inundated by rain as heavy as 80.5 mm per hour early Sunday.

Total rainfall from Typhoon Halong passed 1,000 mm in Umaji and 900 mm in Niyodogawa, also in Kochi, by 1:30 p.m. Torrential rain was also recorded in Tokushima and Mie prefectures.

The typhoon prompted municipal governments in Tanabe and Minabe, Wakayama Prefecture, to order 4,500 residents to flee Sunday from potential floods and landslides.

  • Akira Umeda

    Kanuma is mistakenly written as Shikanuma. Probably writers are not intereted in Hirano (pinpong), golf, or Tochigi Prefecture.

  • Akira Umeda

    Kanuma is mistakenly written as Shikanuma.