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powerful storm pound southern Japan; thousands of people were evacuated

A powerful storm approaching southern Japan ravaged the region with strong winds and heavy rain on Sunday, causing blackouts, halting land and air transport and prompting thousands to evacuate .

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Nanmadol was near the southern island of Yakushima, packing maximum winds of 162 kilometers (101 miles) per hour.

It gradually moved northwards towards the country’s main southern island of Kyushu, where it could reach Kyushu by the end of Sunday. Nanmadol is forecast to turn east and reach Tokyo on Tuesday.

The agency predicted 50 centimeters (20 inches) of rain by Monday afternoon, with warnings of floods and landslides.

It warned residents of the affected area about “unprecedented” levels of powerful winds and waves, urging them to evacuate quickly. Local authorities have not reported any major damage or injuries so far.

More than 9,000 residents took refuge in evacuation centers on Sunday in the heavily-affected Kagoshima prefecture.

In neighboring Miyazaki Prefecture, another 4,700 people were evacuated. Kyushu Electric Power Company said on Sunday more than 93,000 homes in Kyushu had no electricity due to damage to power lines and facilities.

Footage on NHK television showed the window of a pachinko pinball parlor in Kanoya City, Kagoshima, broken.

Elsewhere in the prefecture, an elderly woman suffered minor injuries from a fall, NHK said.

Hundreds of domestic flights have been canceled and more are planned in western Japan by Tuesday, according to Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, as the storm continues to move northeast. Public transport, including trains and buses, was suspended throughout Sunday in Kagoshima and Miyazaki.

Railway operators said bullet trains have also been suspended on the island of Kyushu.

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