Powerful Typhoon Chaba on Sunday lashed Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture with heavy rain and strong winds, injuring at least three people and cutting off electricity to more than 20,000 households, officials said.
The 16th typhoon of the season registered a maximum wind velocity of 145.4 kph in the city of Naze on the island.
Kyushu Electric Power Co. said about 24,000 homes were without power as of 5 p.m.
At least 100 households in the town of Kasari, on the northern end of Amami-Oshima Island, were flooded in the predawn hours when a river flowed inland due to high waves, local officials said.
A police spokesman said the flooding subsided later in the day. An evacuation advisory was issued to 20 households in the town of Setouchi on the southern part of the island after cracks appeared along the side of a mountain and prompted fears of a possible landslide.
The typhoon had an atmospheric pressure of 940 hectopascals Sunday morning and was packing winds of up to 162 kph near its center in the morning.
A total of 275 flights servicing Kyushu were canceled.
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