World: Powerful typhoon pounds southern Japan; thousands evacuated

Japan: A "very powerful" typhoon approaches the southern islands of the archipelago

 Japan: A The Muifa typhoon could be "very powerful" © Richard A. Brooks / AFP during an episode of rain in Tokyo during Summer 2022. Meteo - The Muifa typhoon could be "very powerful" an "very powerful", Muifa, approaches this Sunday of several southern islands of Japan , leading the local authorities to call The inhabitants to take shelter of "waves and strong winds" before he touches earth.

A powerful typhoon slammed ashore in southern Japan on Sunday as it pounded the region with strong winds and heavy rain, causing blackouts, paralyzing ground and air transportation, and prompting the evacuation of thousands of people.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Nanmadol was heading north after making landfall in Kagoshima city on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu. It was packing maximum winds of 162 kilometers (101 miles) per hour, and is forecast to reach Tokyo on Tuesday.

The weather agency predicted as much as 50 centimeters (20 inches) of rainfall by Monday evening and warned of flooding and landslides. It also alerted residents in the affected areas of “unprecedented” levels of powerful winds and waves, urging them to evacuate early.

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  China's bunkering hub Ningbo-Zhoushan halts service as typhoon Muifa to hit China's bunkering hub Ningbo-Zhoushan halts service as typhoon Muifa to hit"Oil tankers will not be allowed to call at ports until the typhoon leaves. And port services will also suspended over the period," told an official from Zhejiang Maritime Safety Administration on Wednesday, who asked not to be identified as he is not authorised to talk to media.

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A woman makes her way through the strong wind and rain in Miyazaki, southern Japan, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, as a powerful typhoon pounded southern Japan. Kyodo News via AP © Provided by Washington Examiner A woman makes her way through the strong wind and rain in Miyazaki, southern Japan, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, as a powerful typhoon pounded southern Japan. Kyodo News via AP

Storm and high wave warnings were in effect in Kagoshima, where residents were told to stay inside stable buildings on second floor or higher, if it is deemed a safer option than going to evacuation centers.

More than 12,000 people took shelter at evacuation centers. In neighboring Miyazaki prefecture, about 8,000 people left their homes.

Local officials said several people had been injured. In Kushima city in Miyazaki, a woman was slightly hurt by shards of glass when winds broke windows at a gymnasium. NHK national television said 15 people had been injured, citing its own tally.

Muifa typhoon hits China, more than a million evacuated

 Muifa typhoon hits China, more than a million evacuated © AFP V violent and heavy rains fall on Thursday on the east coast of the China , with the Muifa typhoon which caused the 'Preventive evacuation of more than a million people and the cancellation of flights in Shanghai. No dead, injured or significant damage was however announced by the authorities, in part because many prevention measures had been put in place.

Power outages were expanded across the Kyushu region as the typhoon damaged more power lines and facilities while moving north. By Sunday night, 216,450 homes were without electricity, according to Kyushu Electric Power Co.

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Footage on NHK television showed a pachinko pinball parlor with part of its glass wall shattered by the gust in Kanoya city in Kagoshima. Elsewhere in the prefecture, an elderly woman in suffered a minor injury after falling, NHK said.

Hundreds of domestic flights have been canceled and more are planned to be grounded in western Japan through Tuesday as the typhoon headed northeast, according to Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

Public transportation including trains and buses in many areas on the Kyushu island were suspended throughout Sunday. Railway operators said bullet trains on Kyushu island also have been suspended, and more stoppages are expected in greater areas in the southwest Monday.

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