Typhoon Nanmadol: Severe power outages in Japan as the storm approaches Tokyo

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said the storm is now moving north across Japan’s third largest island, Kyushu, and is expected to bring strong rain throughout the week.

Nearly 10 million people in Kyushu have been advised to seek shelter in sturdy buildings or move to higher ground before the storm arrived on Sunday. Such warnings are not mandatory and authorities have struggled in the past to encourage people to leave their homes. On Sunday, Kyushu authorities took the unusual step of issuing a rarely used “special warning” in hopes of conveying the gravity of the threat posed by the storm.

The JMA has warned that a “large-scale catastrophe” may be imminent with widespread flooding and landslides. “The highest level of vigilance is required for rising waters, river floods, landslide disasters and lowland floods,” she said on Sunday.

Kyushu Electric Power Corporation said many prefectures, including the cities of Fukuoka and Nagasaki, have been out of power since the typhoon arrived on Sunday. The authorities added that at least 17 people were injured so far from the cyclone.

Nanmadol is the 14th typhoon to hit Japan this year and comes after the country faced record heat waves in June that caused power outages for millions of residents in the capital, Tokyo, and large numbers of heatstroke among vulnerable elderly people.

Experts have warned that Nanmadol is expected to travel to central Japan towards Tokyo in the coming days and will maintain its strength as it moves.

Ferry and express train services, as well as hundreds of flights across the country, have been canceled due to the dangerous weather.

Extreme weather events continue to affect other parts of the region.
Taiwan experienced a powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake on Sunday that shook buildings, derailed train carriages and raised tsunami warnings in southern Japan near Okinawa Prefecture.

Residents were asked to remain alert to avoid possible aftershocks.

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