Nanmadol In Japan: Strong storm ‘Nanamadol’ is disrupting transport services in southwestern Japan. According to media reports, weather officials have issued an emergency warning for strong winds, high and stormy waves for Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan. He said that a powerful storm can trigger a disaster of the kind that is seen only once in a few decades.
Officials say that winds reaching a maximum speed of 180 kilometers per hour will hit northern and southern Kyushu as well as the Amami Islands. While hitting the coast, this speed can be up to 252 kilometers per hour. As of Monday morning, 600 mm of rain is expected in southern Kyushu.
Storm will move north-east
The agency has also warned that since the storm is large, rain and winds may intensify even in distant areas. Heavy rain is expected in parts of western and eastern Japan from Monday. According to public broadcaster NHK-World Japan, the storm will move northeast and pass through Japan’s main island of Honshu by Tuesday.
Order to evacuate 20 lakh people
About two million people have been ordered to evacuate in southwestern Japan ahead of a powerful storm forecast to hit the region on Sunday. As of 11 a.m., Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways had canceled more than 500 flights for the day. Japan Airlines plans to cancel 376 flights and All Nippon Airways will cut 19. Other airlines are also canceling services from Monday.
Bullet train service also affected
Bullet train service is also being affected. As reported by NHK, as of 1:30 pm, the operator of the Kyushu Shinkansen has suspended all services for Sundays and Mondays. The storm is expected to hit southern Kyushu, one of Japan’s southwest islands, specifically within Kagoshima Prefecture.
Houses urged to evacuate
Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) said: “It is likely that heavy rain will be recorded and an emergency heavy rain warning will be announced.” Ryuta Kurora, a JMA official, warned on Saturday that strong winds could cause houses to collapse. Kurora urged residents to evacuate before the storm hits to avoid the risk of landslides and flooding.
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