Rare Warning As More Than 2 Million Told To Evacuate Southwest Japan

A powerful typhoon is forecast to hit southwestern Japan on Sunday, forcing about two million people to evacuate.

Kyushu’s southwest island may experience unprecedented storms and rainfall, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on Sunday. The storm is “large and very strong.”

It could cause a “large-scale disaster” in Kagoshima Prefecture due to storms, high waves, and storm surges, the JMA wrote.

NHK reported that weather officials have issued an emergency warning for Kagoshima Prefecture on Kyushu island.

A total of 965,000 households have been ordered to evacuate in the seaside cities of Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Amakusa.

In Nishinoomote on Kyushu island, more than 14,000 people received a level five alert, the highest on Japan’s disaster warning scale.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), there is a possibility of record heavy rain.

“Flooding of lowlands, landslide disasters, and rising water levels are all issues that require the highest level of alertness.”

Currently, Nanmadol is forecast to make landfall in Kyushu on Sunday evening and is Japan’s 14th typhoon of the year.

Japanese Mountaineering Association (JMA) warned residents Saturday that strong winds could cause houses to collapse. Kurora advised residents to evacuate before the storm hits to avoid landslides and flooding.

Approximately 335 flights scheduled to depart or arrive in Japan on Sunday have already been canceled by Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

“The eye of Typhoon Nanmadol is clearly visible in satellite images. The typhoon has developed rapidly since Friday night,” NHK reported.

Video taken from the landfall already shows some absolutely mammoth waves impacting a marina and very powerful water and dabree flows on land.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Rare ‘special warning’ issued as violent typhoon makes landfall in Japan  The Guardian
  2. Typhoon Nanmadol prompts record rain, gale warnings for Japan  Reuters
  3. Millions told to evacuate as Typhoon Nanmadol heads for Japan  CNN
  4. Japan sees ‘unprecedented’ typhoon slam onto shore, causing power outages and massive evacuations  Fox News
  5. Powerful typhoon pounds southern Japan  The Columbian