Potential devastating Typhoon in Japan now weakened
The fear of a devastating Typhoon. Today a weakening typhoon traveled over Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu after passing through western regions on Sunday, injuring at least 24 people and causing extreme heat in the Hokuriku region facing the Sea of Japan.
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The reason was the fear of a devastating Typhoon. Today a weakening typhoon traveled over Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu after passing through western regions on Sunday, injuring at least 24 people and causing extreme heat in the Hokuriku region facing the Sea of Japan.
But no injuries or damage due to Typhoon Jongdari were immediately reported in regions ravaged by flooding and landslides earlier this month, as local authorities had advised residents to evacuate early as a precaution.
The typhoon made landfall in central Japan’s Mie Prefecture in the early hours of Sunday. It brought intense rainfall across wide areas and led to temperatures rising close to 40 C in Hokuriku in a phenomenon known as foehn wind, or moist air becoming warm and dry after passing a high mountain.
The injuries sustained were mostly due to accidents triggered by strong winds or high waves. Damage to property, such as roofs blown off by strong gusts, was also reported in several prefectures.
With the typhoon taking an unusual route toward the west, the disaster-struck areas remained on high alert as the weather agency warned of further flooding and landslides, as well as storms and high waves. Evacuation advisories were issued for some areas.
At 8 p.m last night., Typhoon Jongdari was moving over northern Kyushu at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour and packing winds of up to 90 kph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It had an atmospheric pressure of 992 hectopascals at its center.
Transportation has also been affected, with some Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways flights connecting Tokyo to western Japan canceled.
West Japan Railway Co. and some other railway operators said some of their train services were either delayed or halted.
On Saturday night in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, 15 vehicles including an ambulance were stuck on a water-covered road near the ocean due to high waves, and were eventually caught up in them. About 30 people were evacuated to higher ground.
The same night, five people staying at a hotel in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, were slightly hurt due to broken windowpanes caused by high waves.
Rain will continue in some areas even after the typhoon passes. Radar data showed there was rainfall of more than 120 millimeters per hour in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, in western Japan.
Typhoons typically approach the Japanese archipelago from the southwest, and many follow a southwest-to-northeast course due partly to the effect of the westerly jet stream and high pressure over the Pacific.
The unusual course prompted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to warn about the weekend storm on Friday, particularly for those affected by the massive flooding in western Japan that killed 224 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes earlier this month.
Temperatures are also expected to rise after the typhoon, bringing back the risk of heatstroke and heat exhaustion.
In the 24-hour period through noon Monday, 200 mm of rain may fall in some areas in western and southwestern Japan.