Typhoon sparks travel chaos

Bangkok Post - - ASIA -

TOKYO: A large typhoon was ap­proach­ing Ja­pan’s west­ern main is­land of Shikoku yes­ter­day af­ter mak­ing land­fall on the south­ern­most main is­land of Kyushu in the morn­ing, ground­ing hun­dreds of flights and halt­ing train ser­vices amid heavy winds and rain.

Typhoon Talim made l and­fall on Mi­nami-kyushu, Kagoshima pre­fec­ture, around 11.30am and is ex­pected to rip through west­ern Ja­pan, with rough weather fore­cast for large ar­eas of the coun­try, the Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency said.

The agency warned of strong winds, high waves and mud­slides as the typhoon was mov­ing north­east last night at a speed of about 30kph near the city of Miyazaki. With an at­mo­spheric pres­sure of 975 hec­topas­cals, it was pack­ing winds of up to 162kph, ac­cord­ing to the weather agency.

The Kyushu re­gion was hit by down­pours from the early hours of yes­ter­day, with around 110mm in an hour mea­sured in Saiki, Oita pre­fec­ture. The town of Ku­nit­omi in Miyazaki pre­fec­ture also saw record hourly rain­fall of more than 80mm.

Evac­u­a­tion or­ders were is­sued for res­i­dents in parts of Oita, in­clud­ing the cities of Saiki and Usuki, cov­er­ing nearly 60,000 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the pre­fec­tural gov­ern­ment.

More than 350 flights were can­celled due to the sea­son’s 18th typhoon, ac­cord­ing to air­lines. Some lo­cal train oper­a­tions and the Kyushu Shinkansen Line’s bul­let train ser­vices be­tween Ku­mamoto and Kagoshima-Chuo sta­tions were sus­pended.

The typhoon had left around 1,400 house­holds in Ku­mamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima pre­fec­tures with­out elec­tric­ity as of noon, ac­cord­ing to Kyushu Elec­tric Power Co.

AP

A boy tries in vain to use an um­brella in Fu­ji­sawa, Ja­pan, yes­ter­day.

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