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Strong storm ‘Nanamadol’ hit Japan; thousands were evacuated

Tokyo: A powerful storm approaching southern Japan brought strong winds and heavy rain to the region on Sunday, causing blackouts, ground and air transport halts and thousands of people evacuated. The Japan Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Nanmadol was near the southern island of Yakushima, packing maximum surface winds of 162 kilometers (101 mph) per hour as it slowly moved north toward the country’s main southern island of Kyushu. was rising, where it could make landfall later on 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.

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

On Sunday, more than 9,000 residents took shelter at evacuation centers in 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 island had no electricity due to damage to power lines and facilities.

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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.

According to Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, hundreds of domestic flights in and out of the region have been canceled and more are planned to make landfall in western Japan on Tuesday as the storm moves to the northeast. Public transport, including trains and buses, was suspended throughout Sunday in Kagoshima and Miyazaki. Railway operators said bullet trains have been suspended on the island of Kyushu.

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