The Daily Telegraph

Millions of people told to evacuate as typhoon hits Japan

- By Our Foreign Staff

A POWERFUL typhoon hit Japan last night with authoritie­s urging millions of people to evacuate as torrential rain and high winds caused blackouts.

Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall in the south west of the country last night, whipping the coast with gusts of up to 146 miles per hour.

The storm had already led to 500mm of rain falling on the Kyushu region in the previous 24 hours.

At least 20,000 people were spending the night in shelters in Kyushu’s Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefecture­s. The Japan Meteorolog­ical Agency (JMA) had issued a rare “special warning” – an alert given only when it forecasts conditions seen once in several decades.

National broadcaste­r NHK, which collates informatio­n from local authoritie­s, said more than seven million people had been told to move to shelters or take refuge in sturdy buildings to ride out the storm. The JMA has warned the region could face “unpreceden­ted” danger from high winds, storm surges and torrential rain and called the storm “very dangerous”.

By yesterday evening, utility companies said nearly 200,000 homes across the region were without power. Trains, flights and ferry runs were cancelled until the storm had passed.

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