At least two dead as Typhoon Nanmadol slams into Japan
Baku, September 19, AZERTAC
A powerful typhoon barreled through southwestern Japan on Monday, unleashing torrential rains and lashing winds that killed at least two people, triggered floods, downed power lines and caused millions to evacuate to safety, according to the Japan Times.
After making landfall in Kagoshima Prefecture, Typhoon Nanmadol was heading on a northeast path along the west coast of Honshu, with maximum sustained winds of 108 kilometers per hour. While the storm has weakened since making landfall overnight, it is still expected to dump as much as 400 millimeters of rain in parts of the region, drenching major cities including Tokyo when people return to work Tuesday after a three-day weekend, the Meteorological Agency said.
At least two people were killed Monday when the storm ripped through the Kyushu region, with one of the fatalities being a man found in a car that had been submerged in Miyazaki Prefecture. About 70 others were injured, according to NHK.
The typhoon triggered landslides, ripped siding off of buildings and downed electric lines — leaving about 260,000 homes without power around noon on Monday in Kyushu, according to Kyushu Electric Power Transmission & Distribution.
In Mimata, Miyazaki Prefecture, a house collapsed in a landslide, with authorities unable to reach a man in his 40s who was believed to be in the house.