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Typhoon Nanmadol moved eastward along the Pacific coast of Honshu on Tuesday evening, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to a wide area, the Meteorological Agency said.

Earlier in the morning, the season’s third typhoon made landfall in Nagasaki Prefecture, causing blackouts and traffic disruptions.

As of 8 p.m., the typhoon was located about 70 km south of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, packing winds of up to 126 kph and moving east at a speed of 70 kph, the agency said.

By Wednesday morning, the typhoon was expected to move away from the archipelago after passing near the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture around midnight, according to the agency.

On Tuesday evening in Tokyo, commuters hurried their way home to avoid possible disruptions to public transportation as the typhoon approached the Kanto region.

While the city of Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture saw over 80 mm of rain and the city of Nagasaki some 50 mm, the typhoon also brought moist air to the Hokuriku region. As a result, more than 60 mm of rain fell over Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, in an hour.

Strong winds damaged power lines, leaving a total of 68,500 houses without power in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures. In Niigata Prefecture, authorities advised 19,000 people to evacuate after landslides occurred at several locations.

Some shinkansen services were disrupted in parts of Kyushu, with the operator Kyushu Railway Co. temporarily suspending all trains between Hakata and Kagoshima Chuo stations.

Precipitation was expected to reach up to 250 mm through midday Wednesday in Shikoku, and 150 mm is forecast for the Kanto-Koshin area, which includes Tokyo.

The typhoon was expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression by Wednesday morning, the agency said.

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