• Kyodo


Typhoon Chanthu made landfall on the northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Wednesday afternoon after moving north off the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan, causing heavy rain and disrupting traffic in extensive areas, the weather agency said.

The typhoon landed near Cape Erimo on the southeastern tip of the main island of Hokkaido at around 5:30 p.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

As of 7 p.m., it was packing winds of up to 144 kilometers per hour with an atmospheric pressure of 982 hectopascals at its center.

By Thursday morning, the typhoon is likely to weaken to a depression over the Sea of Okhotsk, according to the agency.

Some people were reported injured as the typhoon moved northward toward Hokkaido.

In Yahaba, Iwate Prefecture, two female passengers on an express bus sustained minor injuries after trees on the roadside fell toward the vehicle.

In Ebetsu, Hokkaido, firefighters rescued a man in his 40s who hurt his leg late Tuesday while pushing his car as it was on the verge of being submerged due to heavy rain, local authorities said Wednesday. The man was taken to a hospital.

The typhoon, which brought heavy rainfall across a wide expanse of the Kanto region, including Tokyo and northern Japan, disrupted some railway services including 19 bullet train runs on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line between Tokyo and northeastern Japan.

Hokkaido Railway Co. canceled nearly 300 train services, including 35 limited express trains. Classes too were suspended at some schools.

Typhoon Chanthu also forced the cancellation of 18 Japan Airlines flights, mainly to and from airports in Hokkaido in northern Japan and the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan.

Many people in areas facing fears of mudslides and other dangers were ordered or advised to evacuate, including about 2,700 households in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, and about 3,800 households in the city of Hakodate in Hokkaido.

Hourly rainfall of 65.5 millimeters was recorded early Wednesday in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, and 55.5 mm in the city of Fukushima, both the highest on record there.

Rainfall over the 24-hour period through 6 p.m. Thursday is expected to reach 150 mm in some places in Hokkaido, the agency said.

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