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Transportation affected after strong typhoon hits Kagoshima, Kochi prefectures; two missing

Kyodo

A powerful typhoon bringing strong winds and heavy rain grounded hundreds of flights and halted train services after it made landfall in southern Kyushu, Shikoku and later in Hyogo Prefecture on Sunday, authorities said.

Typhoon Talim hit the city of Minami-kyushu, Kagoshima Prefecture, around 11:30 a.m. and is expected to affect much of western Japan, with rough weather being felt across wide areas of the country.

The Meteorological Agency warned of strong winds, high waves and mudslides as the typhoon moved northeastward at a speed of about 35 kph around 40 km southwest of Sukumo, Kochi Prefecture, as of 4 p.m. With an atmospheric pressure reading of 975 hectopascals, it was packing winds of up to 162 kph, according to the agency.

The Kyushu region was hit by downpours from the early hours of Sunday, with up to 120 mm of rain in an hour measured in Saiki, Oita Prefecture. Kochi Prefecture recorded hourly rainfall of over 80 mm.

Amid flooding rivers, evacuation orders were issued to nearly 60,000 households in parts of Oita and Miyazaki prefectures, according to the two governments.

In Oita, a farmer in his 70s who went to check his rice fields was reported missing, and in Kochi Prefecture, a car and its driver are missing after the vehicle appeared to have slipped into a river and sank.

The season’s 18th typhoon forced the cancelation of more than 350 flights, according to airline companies.

Some local train operations and the Kyushu Shinkansen Line’s bullet train services between Kumamoto and Kagoshima-Chuo stations were suspended.

The typhoon had left around 1,400 households in Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures without electricity as of noon Sunday, according to Kyushu Electric Power Co.