Japan is being battered by one of the worst typhoons the country has ever experienced, and nine million people have been ordered to leave their homes.
Over the weekend, Nanmadol was among the five most powerful typhoons ever hitting Japan. Japan is at risk of life-threatening effects from the former Super Typhoon Nanmadol, including widespread floods, severe winds, and coastal inundation until Tuesday. Two fatalities have already been attributed to the severe storm. The pressure reading made Nanmadol one of the top five storms with the strongest winds to hit Japan since records were kept in 1951.
Nearly 90 people have been injured and two killed by the super typhoon Nanmadol.
On Sunday morning, it landed on Kyushu, the southernmost island in Japan, and is expected to move over Honshu in the coming days.
Nearly 350,000 houses lack electricity, and tens of thousands of people spent Sunday night in emergency shelters.
Transport and commerce have been hampered, and the nation is preparing for significant flooding and landslides.
There have been wind gusts from Nanmadol as high as 234 km/h (145 mph), and some areas were expected to receive 400 mm (16 inches) of rain in a single day.
Numerous planes, ferries, and bullet train services have been canceled. Sandbags have been placed to protect specific properties, and numerous stores and other businesses have shuttered.
On Sunday morning, the typhoon made landfall close to the city of Kagoshima, which is located on Kyushu, the southernmost island in Japan.
In Kyushu, a river has overflowed its banks.
One guy was murdered after his car was flooded in water, according to state broadcaster NHK, and another died after being buried in a landslide. Eighty-seven people have suffered injuries, and one more person is still missing.
Local video footage reveals crashed billboards and buildings with their roofs torn off.
By Wednesday, the storm is expected to go out to sea after turning east and passing over Honshu, the largest island in Japan. Heavy rains have been falling in the nation’s capital, Tokyo, and flooding has forced the suspension of the Tozai underground line.
Over 500,000 people in the regions of Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Oita, Kumamoto, and Yamaguchi are on a level-five alert, the highest possible catastrophe warning in Japan.
There will likely be a tropical downpour, with rainfall quantities of 8 to 12 inches (200 to 300 mm) expected for the Ryukyu Islands and southern Japan. Large-scale flooding and mudslides may result in mountainous terrain as a result of this.
The potential of damaging winds will be most significant in these locations because they will be closer to the storm’s center.
The gusts are expected to cause significant tree and electrical line damage, as well as possible structure damage. Experts strongly discourage anyone from venturing out at the height of the storm as flying debris can turn into deadly projectiles.
The Kyushu province’s coastal areas to the east of the storm’s center would be most at risk of being inundated by storm surge.
Most of the island’s central and northern regions should expect the storm to bring at least 2 inches (50 mm) of rain, which will cause flooding and interruptions to all kinds of transportation.
For a brief while earlier in the weekend, the Japan Meteorological Agency—the body in charge of the basin—classified Nanmadol as a “powerful” typhoon. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center designated it a “super typhoon” on Friday and early Saturday. Even though the storm lost this label late on Saturday local time, it was still a solid natural force. Nanmadol was only the second storm in the basin this year to get the designation of a super typhoon. Earlier this month, as Hinnamnor raged in the basin, the first super typhoon of the year struck the region.
For Japan, Nanmadol represents the third tropical cyclone in less than a month. Super Typhoon Hinnamnor struck Okinawa in late August or early September before wreaking havoc in South Korea. More recently, on September 12, Typhoon Muifa made landfall over Japan’s Ishigaki Island before heading toward China and pummeling Shanghai.
Although far southeastern regions of the country may witness an increase in rain and wind early this week from the storm’s outer bands, South Korea is predicted to dodge the brunt of Nanmadol’s wrath. Given that a typhoon struck southern South Korea earlier this month, any rain and wind from Nanmadol could have more significant effects.
Nanmadol will be a four on the scale for tropical cyclones in Japan because of the projected damaging winds, flooding rains, severe storm surges, and various other economic issues.